Great Southern hotels in danger of closing

The county’s 2 Great Southern Hotels may be forced to close due to spiralling losses. The head of the Dublin Airport Authority has warned the Government that a decision will have to be made soon on the future of the state owned hotel group. Speaking to a meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on transport Gary McCann said the nine Great Southern Hotels have had 4 consecutive years of trading losses. He said the financial and operational position is now bleak and the status quo is not an option. He warned the committee that they will have to be closed if something isn’t done. The hotel group owns and operates Parknasilla near Sneem and the Great Southern Hotel in Killarney. The Taoiseach is understood to be a supporter of the hotels and is a regular guest at Parknasilla. Siptu which represents the workers at the Kerry hotels is to meet next week with senior executives of the Great Southern Group.Union spokesperson Donal Tobin says they’re not in a position to comment until after that meeting has taken place