Midlands tourism body could face closure

The future of a tourism group promoting businesses in this region is in doubt after the loss of €75,000 in state funding.

Mid-Ireland Tourism helps small businesses in a number of counties in the midlands, including Longford, south Roscommon, Westmeath and Athlone town.

It’s funding was stopped after the state body Pobal told the subscription-based organisation to exit a community services scheme under which it had been receiving money.

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The move has left the future of the group, which has around 30 members in this region and employs three people, in a precarious position, according to manager Peter Ormond.

The board of Mid-Ireland Tourism had a positive meeting last night, he said, to discuss the situation but he says that funds are running low.