ISCF Postpones National Conference 2022

Press Release from the Irish Self-Catering Federation

19th September 2022

RE: ISCF Postpones National Conference 2022

The Board of the ISCF has made the difficult decision to postpone their upcoming national conference, due to take place on the 19th of October, at The Grand Hotel, Malahide. The key deciding factor for deferral was the lack of clarity from government bodies on the ongoing changes to legislation affecting the 6,500 member properties the federation represent, including ‘The Planning and Development Bill (no 2) 2022’, which was signed into law on 24th July 2022. This legislation is currently awaiting European Union TRIS approval, thus raising uncertainty within the industry due to the lack of clarity on current and future trading conditions. The ISCF has asked and continues to ask the Department of Housing for official guidelines on this for their members, who were previously advised legislation would be in place by the 1st of September 2022. This has not happened and ISCF that this would be a near impossible task without a national online system. Initially, it was believed that this would be managed by the relevant local authorities. Further to meetings last week with the Department of Housing and the Department of Tourism, alongside representatives from the ITIC and BnB Ireland, there is no expectation of this legislation being in place until at least Quarter 4 2022, therefore hindering the 2023 bookings process for their members.

Additionally, the Department of Tourism is in the process of introducing the long-anticipated Register for STR (short term rentals), which will require every self-catering owner in the country to register their property. Fáilte Ireland will be the Statutory Body commissioned to manage the Register for STR by the Department of Tourism, with all short-term accommodation on this National Register. The ISCF would like clarity on timelines and management of this process for their members as soon as possible from the relevant authorities and urges those in a position to do so to proceed with haste. The ISCF sees no reason for two sperate systems to be established by two different government departments and believes that the management of self-catering and all other STR accommodation should be managed by the Department of Tourism, the experts in this industry.

A schedule of national public meetings will be provided for ISCF members and affiliates at the end of October to communicate the most up to date information on the above matters across the country. The rescheduled conference will take place on 21st March 2023. Details of both, along with further comment on the ISCF’s current position on TRIS, STR and rent pressure zones will be shared across the ISCF website and social media channels.

ENDS

For more information:

  • Admin Officer of ISCF Daisy Van Dongen – please email the office – Email: info@iscf.ie  Phone Office 086-1785654. Office hours: Mon – Fri 09:30 – 13:30
  • Chair of the Irish Self-Catering Federation – Email: chair@iscf.ie   Phone: Maire Ni Mhurchu 087-3306306.

 

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