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THE number of vis­i­tors to Ire­land from Bri­tain has fallen by al­most 200,000 in the first half of the year, spark­ing fears about the im­pact of Brexit on the tourism in­dus­try.

Be­tween Jan­uary and Au­gust this year there were 190,400 fewer vis­i­tors than in the same pe­riod last year, a drop of 7.1%.

New fig­ures from Tourism Ire­land re­leased yes­ter­day show a boost to over­all vis­i­tor num­bers be­tween Jan­uary and Au­gust this year, up by 161,800 – an in­crease of 2.5%.

But there are real con­cerns the de­cline of tourists from our near­est neigh­bours is a sign of things to come once Bri­tain for­mally ex­its the Euro­pean Union.

It comes af­ter re­ports ear­lier this week that al­most half of Ir­ish pubs and restau­rants have ex­pe­ri­enced a drop in tourists.

Com­ment­ing on the fig­ures, Min­is­ter Shane Ross stated: ‘While I wel­come the over­all growth in visit num­bers to Ire­land dur­ing the peak sum­mer months, the per­sis­tent de­cline in the num­bers vis­it­ing from Great Bri­tain con­tin­ues to be a con­cern.’

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