Suggestions that the cost of self-catering holidays in Ireland has soared to several hundred euro a night - particular in the west - have been dismissed as "not the norm" by the Irish Self-Catering Federation.

ISCF chairperson Jacinta Doolan said the 5,000 members of the organisation have absorbed any extra costs related to Covid-19.

She said that while it might be difficult to find a property along the west coast at this stage of the summer, if people go a little inland, "they will get good value with three bed homes averaging €120 to €150 a night". 

The experiences of people taking home holidays in Mayo and Connemara today were mixed in relation to self-catering.

In Westport, Bernie Conway from Tyrone said she found rental homes to be expensive and difficult to come across. 

Also in Westport, two groups of people in their twenties agreed that self-catering was "good value when shared among friends and definitely cheaper than hotels". 

In Clifden, Andrew Kirkpatrick from Kildare said his family's self-catering house was "pricey but worth it" and the visitors were "really enjoying" all the outdoor activities in the west.