Calls for Derry tourism VAT breaks

A Foyle MP is calling on the Treasury to consider reducing the rate of VAT for some tourism-related services in Derry.

Mark Durkan says it would be especially important for the city in the run up to the City of Culture year.

He says such a move would stimulate business and create jobs, as well as attracting people from the rest of Ireland to Derry.

And the Foyle SDLP MP was keen to stress that he was only calling for a VAT reduction in the tourism sector, which he says would be an advantage to the whole of the Northwest:

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