An Irish American vacationer has spoken of his shock at being quoted a charge of €10,000 to lease a automotive in Eire for 3 weeks this summer time.

isin Hayes, from Philadelphia, mentioned he went on-line to e book a automotive rental for 3 weeks from mid-July to August and was advised the one automotive obtainable that might swimsuit his household of 4 was a luxurious automotive that might set him again €10,000.

“Truthfully you might ship my personal automotive there and again (for a similar worth),” he advised Claire Byrne on RTE One’s Claire Byrne Stay final evening.

Fortuitously, Mr Hayes, who has household in Eire, mentioned he has different choices with family and friends right here who’re in a position to assist him out.

However the astronomical value of not solely hiring a automotive – resulting from a scarcity of provide – however lodging right here this summer time was laid naked on the programme.

RTÉ checked out on-line quotes to lease a household automotive for per week right here this summer time and located the charges quoted had been off the size.

To lease a small or compact automotive would value €1,059, whereas an property automotive was going for €2,377 and a big property automotive would value €5,688.

“That’s worth gouging,” mentioned Fianna Fail senator Timmy Dooley.

The programme additionally heard how a two-night keep at a lodge in Dublin is now going for €700 in comparison with €450 for 2 nights in Paris.

And a scroll on Reserving.com revealed that the one lodging obtainable within the capital this weekend was a two-bed hostel room priced at €818.

“That’s loopy,” mentioned the previous TD from Co Clare.

He mentioned the astronomical value for automotive rent and lodging right here this summer time is “damaging to Eire’s picture overseas.”

He mentioned the federal government “has to have interaction with the sector” to be able to convey costs all the way down to inexpensive ranges.

“There’s lots of leverage the federal government has,” he mentioned.

“It’s not simply damaging their enterprise but it surely’s damaging Eire’s popularity.”

In the meantime, journey broadcaster Fergal O’Keefe mentioned the pent-up demand for worldwide journey following the pandemic has led to hefty will increase in costs.

He suggested folks seeking to journey overseas this summer time to “search for locations off the crushed observe” and to haggle with short-term letting operators like AirBnB to see if they will get a greater deal.

He additionally advised reserving lodging straight with a lodge as an alternative of utilizing reserving web sites to see if there are any reductions on provide.