Reopening of Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge could be delayed - McShane

Reopening of Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge could be delayed - McShane

The Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge could remain closed over the Easter Holidays due to staff shortages.  The iconic site has been closed for two years due to the global COVID19 Pandemic.

The claims were made by Independent Councillor Padraig McShane after he spoke with National Trust representatives about the potential for reopening.

In a statement yesterday afternoon the Councillor said,  "After several recruitment drives by the National Trust, only a handful of vacancies were filled.  The recruitment drives for the service industry and especially the tourism industry are proving extremely problematic. Vacancies are going unfulfilled as a direct result of staff having moved to new employment due to the pandemic and the direct impact of Brexit.

"Given how difficult it is proving to service the tourism sector I’d encourage the National Trust to review their pay structures and incentivise more potential employees into the sector. It is clearly a supply and demand issue.

“Carrick-a-Rede , in numerous reviews, has proved to be an exciting and popular attraction for tourists who visited both the Causeway and the rope bridge.  The Trust has reassured me they are doing all they can to service the site safely and have it reopened in time for the important Easter holidays."

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