[Audio] Shorter Summer holidays are damaging Cork Tourism industry

31st August 2014, Sunday
By Bryan T. Smyth

Tourism and Community interests in County Cork have expressed concern
at earlier school commencement dates: where schools “seem” to to be
starting back after the Summer break earlier every year.

By law: a primary school must be open for tuition for at least 183
days per year, and at secondary level it’s 167 days.

But… schools have discretion as to exactly when the summer holidays
end, and the new term begins.

The Cork County Community and Voluntary Forum represents the views of
many tourist interests

Forum Chairman Finbarr Harrington many Tourism businesses are seeing a
fall off in business at the end of every August because schools “seem”
to be going back earlier each year.


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