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Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 21 April 2021

Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Questions (151)

Seán Fleming

Question:

151. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the position regarding requests for appeals in respect of the restart grant scheme that was introduced for Covid-19 when the closing date was brought in abruptly without giving proper notice to potential applicants; the funding that has been provided by his Department to local authorities in respect of appeals; the amount paid by county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18410/21]

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Written answers (Question to Enterprise)

The Restart grant scheme was launched in May 2020 and was live on all local authority websites. It was advertised extensively both nationally and locally as well as across social media. The Scheme was initially intended to provide grants in tandem with the phased re-opening of the economy as per the Government’s Roadmap. As the Roadmap was accelerated, so too was the scheme available to all eligible businesses and sectors.

The numbers of applications nationally had begun to taper off as we considered introducing an expanded Restart Scheme with higher grant levels. As the Government decided to introduce the higher grant levels, to the benefit of a much larger group of businesses, it was decided to end the original scheme. The Restart Grant Plus Scheme was launched in August 2020, with increased minimum and maximum grants available to a larger cohort of businesses.

Businesses, for whichever reason, that were unable to apply for the original Restart Grant scheme were entitled to submit an appeal to their Local Authority. In this context it is important to note that for the purposes of the Restart Grant and Restart Grant Plus schemes, each Local Authority was the decision-making body and the appeals body, so individual appeals were directed in the first instance to their respective Local Authority, noting the circumstances/reasons for the particular appeal.

I have outlined in the table below the specific information requested by the Deputy, as at 9 April 2021:

Local Authority

Appeals Total €

Carlow

€0

Cavan

€16,722

Clare

€332,285

Cork City

€4,150,702

Cork County

€0

Donegal

€1,279,241

Dublin City

€3,019,326

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown

€723,941

Fingal

€400,000

Galway City

€1,000,000

Galway County

€1,180,744

Kerry

€500,000

Kildare

€2,001,820

Kilkenny

€0

Laois

€0

Leitrim

€0

Limerick

€54,692

Longford

€400,000

Louth

€1,298,948

Mayo

€477,033

Meath

€562,413

Monaghan

€0

Offaly

€613,344

Roscommon

€505,110

Sligo

€566,816

South Dublin

€500,000

Tipperary

€0

Waterford

€454,509

Westmeath

€61,185

Wexford

€1,532,492

Wicklow

€591,793

GRAND TOTALS

€22,223,116

Question No. 152 answered with Question No. 142.
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