Fianna Fáil’s spokesman for the Office of Public Works is calling for more marketing of local loss-making national monuments.
Details released to Shannonside FM show three facilities run by the OPW, which have a guide service, are costing tens of thousands of euros each year to maintain, with little income in return.
Boyle Abbey in Roscommon lost up to €160,000 last year, while Parke’s Castle near Dromahair in Leitrim had a deficit of €112,000 and Corlea Trackway at Kenagh in Longford lost €113,000.
However, Roscommon-Galway TD Eugene Murphy says these are ‘national treasures’ that must be kept open.
He claims a lack of marketing is the reason for their low visitor numbers.