Thursday, 22 April 2021
Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
43. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if a company (details supplied) and similar rental services are permitted to operate under level 5 restrictions given hotels, camping sites and self-catering cottages are not permitted to operate; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [20877/21]
The company to which the Deputy refers is an online sales platform for a variety of accommodation. I can confirm that the provision of any type of non-essential/holiday accommodation services is prohibited under the current Level 5 restrictions. Accommodation may only be provided to those travelling for permitted essential reasons, as specified in the relevant regulations.
44. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if it will be ensured that any guidelines for the hospitality industry make specific reference to self-catering cottages and houses alongside hotels, bed and breakfasts and guest houses; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [20878/21]
A wide range of sector-specific guidelines are available on the Fáilte Ireland website to assist tourism and hospitality businesses reopen and operate safely in line with Government advice. These include specific guidelines for self-catering properties (which include cottages and houses), in addition to separate guidelines for other types of tourist accommodation (e.g. Hotels & Guesthouses; B&Bs & Historic Houses; Caravan & Camping Parks; Self-Catering properties; and Hostels) and for several other tourism business sectors.