The Chairman of Fáilte Ireland has stepped down after it emerged he travelled to Italy on holiday.

Michael Cawley is said to have been in Italy despite government advice not to travel and holiday at home.

His resignation follows a report in today's Irish Independent he spent the past couple of weeks holidaying in Italy, a country which is currently on the government's 'green list'

It comes despite Failte Ireland carrying out a 'major drive' to encourage people to take staycations due to Covid-19.

The government's also brought in a new tax rebate scheme aimed at getting people to holiday here.

In a statement, Mr Cawley announced his decision was so as not to distract from Fáilte Ireland's work in rebuilding the Irish tourism industry.

The Minister for Tourism accepted his resignation.

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