Second member of Fáilte Ireland board resigns over foreign holiday

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A second member of Fáilte Ireland's board has resigned over a foreign holiday. The Irish Examiner reports that Breege O'Donoghue, who is also an executive director of Primark/Penneys, spent time in Spain over the summer, a country that is not on Ireland's 'green list' of countries.

According to the report, the Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht Catherine Martin was informed by the Fáilte Ireland CEO, Paul Kelly, and Ms O'Donoghue tendered her resignation on Tuesday evening to the minister, which was accepted.

The Penney's executive is the second board member after the chairman of Fáilte Ireland Michael Cawley resigned from his position in August after it emerged that he went on a family holiday in Italy.

Devastating time

In a statement released this evening, the Minister for Tourism, Catherine Martin said she accepted the resignation of Breege O’Donoghue.

“We are all aware of the devastating impact that Covid-19 restrictions have had on the tourism and hospitality sectors and I am disappointed to learn that a second member of the Board of Fáilte Ireland travelled abroad this Summer, notwithstanding Government advice.

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"In order to support our own industry, and in line with the prevailing Government health advice, Fáilte Ireland has been to the forefront in promoting domestic holidays.

"Ultimately, staying at home supports our tourism industry at a devastating time, showing solidarity in the face of a pandemic that is costing lives and livelihoods across Ireland and the world.

"I rang Ms O’Donoghue this evening and she has offered her resignation which I have accepted. I wish to thank Ms O’Donoghue for her service as a member of the Board of Fáilte Ireland and her important contribution to the work of promoting tourism in Ireland during this time.

"I have accepted her resignation as I believe it would not be tenable for her to continue in the role, given all of the circumstances."

She said that she is now seeking a meeting with the Board of Fáilte Ireland to make clear that members of the Board are expected to show leadership during this time of unprecedented crisis in the sector which they represent.

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