The Government has introduced a range of supports to assist businesses during this period including income supports via The Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme, the provision of direct grant aid through The Restart Grant Plus and commercial rates waivers provided by local authorities. . In addition to this a number of loan schemes have been expanded to provide additional liquidity supports such as the Credit Guarantee Scheme, the Future Growth Loan Scheme, the Covid Working Capital Loan Scheme and the Covid-19 Business Loans available from Microfinance Ireland.
I am well aware of the difficulties facing travel agents in Ireland as a result of Covid-19. DPER is currently engaging with the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media on proposals in relation to Estimates 2021 including supports for the Tourism Sector.