Tourism sites

Bunratty Castle which was the scene of a protest by SIPTU members on Thursday.

TRADE Union representatives are to meet with Shannon Heritage today, June 4, over its decision not to reopen its tourism sites on a full-time basis in line with the Government’s return to work protocol. SIPTU official Rachel Keane said the decision not to reopen the historical sites on a full-time basis was greatly concerning. She said the company had told staff that Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, and King John’s Castle in Limerick will only open for a six-week period from July 20 to August 31. All other sites in the region, including Knappogue and Dunguaire Castles, the Adare Heritage Centre and Craggaunowen will remain shut. The company normally employs 159 staff on a full-time basis and a further 200 on a seasonal basis.