Call for tax incentive scheme to help develop the hospitality sector in North Leitrim.

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Councillors want tax breaks to encourage investors to build a hotel in North Leitrim.

Manorhamilton Municipal District Councillors have unanimously backed a proposal calling for a pilot tax incentive scheme to be put in place to help develop the hospitality sector in North Leitrim.
 Cllr Justin Warnock asked the Council to write to the Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe to provide the incentive noting “the area doesn't have a hotel.”
  “We need a tax break to encourage investors to develop a hotel and bed nights,” he said.
 “Unless there is a tax incentive there will be no hotel.”
 Cllr Mary Bohan backed the call but suggested  amending the proposal to seek a pilot scheme adding this may strengthen the case for special treatment for the area.
Cllr Felim Gurn also backed the motion adding “There used to be hotels in Kinlough and Dromahair, but both are gone. “If there was a tax incentive for a hotel someone might take it on,” he said.
Cllr Padraig Fallon, Cathaoirleach, Cllr Frank Dolan and Cllr Sean McDermott said the lack of hotel facilities impacted tourism in the north of the county.
Cllr McDermott expressed his hope the development of a greenway through the north of the county will encourage investors to consider opening  a hotel, citing other areas where similar tourism initiatives resulted in the growth of accommodation providers locally.
“I've heard of this in other areas, something similar could happen in Manorhamilton,”  he said