Research and Analysis

On this page you will links to our Research and Analysis of the impacts of COVID-19 on our economy and on our businesses. We will also publish links to current engagements and surveys as they arise.

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The Economic Impact of COVID-19 on the Economy of County Kerry

Kerry County Council published a comprehensive assessment of the anticipated economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on County Kerry (May 2020). The analysis, compiled by an independent economist, James Dorgan, and with input from Kerry Tourism Industry Federation, IT Tralee, Kerry Chambers Network and the wider business sector in the county, identified the challenges posed by the current public health crisis . The report has and will continue to inform local actions and policies to achieve economic recovery locally in the months and years ahead.

Drawing on a wide range of economic, demographic and employment research, ‘The Economic Impact of COVID-19 on the Economy of County Kerry’  May 2020, finds that the current crisis is having, and will continue to have, significant economic consequences in Kerry, particularly given our dependency on the tourism sector. Drawing on existing and new research, the report finds “that the impact will have equated to a loss to the Kerry economy of €1billion in income in 2020, with approximately 40% of that loss of income being borne by the tourism industry”.

Other elements of the research include:

  • It was estimated that Tourism and related industries would see a €400m (drop of 70% in income) impact in 2020, the equivalent of nearly 10% of total estimated Kerry household incomes
  • Kerry has the highest relative dependence on tourism income per capita by county
  • Of the estimated 69,000 people in the labour force in Kerry, the largest employment cohort is in the retail and wholesale trade followed by hotels and restaurants
  • 93% of active enterprises in Kerry are micro-enterprises and employ less than 10 people
  • 36% of ‘at work’ residents in Kerry were in receipt of the Government Pandemic Unemployment Payment in the middle of May 2020. When added to the numbers on the Wage Subsidy Scheme and the Live Register, this equates to two-thirds of ‘at work’ residents in the county
  • An assessment of the likely impact in sectors including agriculture, retail, manufacturing and construction based on national and local projections
  • This research was supplemented by surveys of businesses undertaken by Kerry County Council and the Kerry Tourism Industry Federation to gauge the expected impact across many economic sectors. The findings revealed that  half of businesses in the county were at the time  anticipating a decline of between 50% and 75% in their incomes over the next twelve months.

The Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Niall Kelleher, said the report was a critical piece of research

‘There is no doubting the economic impact of COVID-19 in Kerry but it is vital that we quantify that in this way. The figures are stark and indicate the challenge we all face to restore economic activity in the county but having this data will help us to target supports, investment and promotional initiatives to where they are needed most,’ he said.

Chief Executive of Kerry County Council, Moira Murrell said the report is being considered closely by council management and elected members. It will also shape the continuing discussion of a new Business Leaders and Interests Group in the county and Kerry County Council’s own Economic Recovery Team and will guide a series of actions and initiatives which will be rolled over the coming weeks and months.

‘This research will be made available to all sectors in the economy to help guide their approaches. A new group including business leaders and local agencies has already begun the discussion on the initiatives which will be taken in the coming weeks and months to deal with the impact of the crisis on local businesses as well as leading out on the marketing and promotion of the county as normal economic activity resumes,’ she said.

‘We have already activated a series of practical supports for businesses in the county through the Local Enterprise Office and our Economic Development Unit. There is also important work being done in the tourism sector and other industries which complements that. This research which we are publishing today will inform efforts to reopen the Kerry economy into the future,’ said Ms Murrell.

The Economic Impact of COVID-19 on the Economy of County Kerry

Key findings from COVID19 impact surveys of Kerry Tourism providers and Kerry Business shared here.




Chambers Ireland COVID19 Business Impact Survey Report – Kerry