Thursday, 24 September 2020

Questions (59)

Michael Healy-Rae


59. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if he will address a matter (details supplied) regarding an anomaly in the restart grant; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26216/20]

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Written answers (Question to Enterprise)

Local Authority guidelines outline that Restart Grant and Restart Grant Plus funding is payable in respect of individual businesses only. An individual business may comprise of one or more rateable properties. However, only one claim is payable through the scheme. Chain stores and franchise stores are however eligible to submit separate applications for each individual business unit.

I am informed that Kerry County Council has consistently applied these guidelines in the processing of applications made to the Restart Grant and Restart Grant Plus schemes.

Claimants are entitled to make an appeal to the Local Authority in the first instance. In that regard, the Local Authority will further review the matter in conjunction with my Department.