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Travel company selfcatering.ie goes out of business

Thousands of families who have pre-paid for holidays are at risk of being left out of pocket after the travel company announced an immediate cease of trading.

Fianna Fail Transport Spokesperson Timmy Dooley
Fianna Fail Transport Spokesperson Timmy Dooley
Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall

TRAVEL COMPANY SELFCATERING.IE has announced that it has ceased trading with immediate effect, leaving thousands of families who have pre-paid for holidays at risk of being left out of pocket.

The agency, based in Co Wexford, emailed customers last night informing them that it had ceased trading as of Thursday and advising them to contact the relevant caretakers or property owners directly. All content on the company’s website has now been taken down.

In a statement seen by RTÉ, the company apologised “unreservedly” to customers, which it admitted will be financially impacted. It added that every effort had been made to avoid the situation that has now arisen.

Commenting on the news, Fianna Fáil’s Timmy Dooley called on the the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Trade Leo Varadkar to intervene.

“We have seen a growing trend of online trading companies going bust over the last number of months, but the problem is there seems to be no recourse for clients,” he said.

“I am calling on Minister Varadkar to regulate the on-line booking business because some companies appear to operate in a haphazard fashion… New legislation is needed in this area with compulsory insurance and a bonding mechanism to give some form of security to customers.”

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