Galway city could lose one of its greatest landmarks through the sale of the Great Southern Hotels, it was claimed today.
Green Party representative Cllr Niall O Brolchain believes the selloff is a bad decision, with Ireland’s heritage and traditional businesses going to the highest bidder.
“The Great Southern in Eyre Square has been with us for a very long time,” said Cllr O Brolchain. “It is the most important building in the square and the traditions of service there are an experience that will be lost forever if the hotel is sold off.
“We have recently seen a number of high profile traditional businesses in Galway City closing down and there is a real danger that the character that Galway possesses will be replaced by mediocrity.
“The Government had a real chance to preserve at least some of its character by securing the future of the hotel.”
The decision to sell eight hotels, announced in February, was this week followed with the launch of a comprehensive marketing campaign.
The sales process, which will be carried out by public tender, offers the hotels as one overall lot, as individual lots or as various combinations of lots.
The deadline for receipt of tenders is Friday, June 23. It is estimated that the process will conclude in late August or early September.