IRDA denies negative impact of holiday homes in Kerry

The Irish Rural Dwellers Association in the county is disputing a report that holiday homes have a negative impact on the local economy. A new study has found that Kerry has one of the highest rates of vacant homes in the country. Author of the report Professor John Fitzgerald says he believes demand for second homes in counties like Kerry is damaging economic prospects by pushing up house and land prices. John Kelly is Secretary of the IRDA in Kerry. He says the expenditure and employment holiday homes bring to areas like South Kerry is invaluable.