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Factsheet for measure IE-2020-33/1426 – measures in Ireland

Supports for companies impacted by local COVID-19 restrictions

Country Ireland , applies regionally

    • – IE062 Mid-East
      – IE063 Midland
Time period Temporary, 14 August 2020 – 31 August 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial) or damage compensation
Author Roisin Farelly (IRN Publishing) and Eurofound
Measure added 12 November 2020 (updated 02 December 2020)

Background information

In August enhanced restrictions were introduced for Kildare, Laois and Offaly due to a significant rise in COVID-19 cases and a large number of clusters in these counties. Many of these clusters were connected to meat processing plants in the region. Localised lockdown measures were announced for the three counties on 7 August. Laois and Offaly emerged from the restrictions on 21 August and restrictions were lifted in Kildare on 31 August.

Content of measure

The measures introduced for the region included:

  • A topped up Restart Grant of 20%, bringing the new minimum for affected counties to €4,800 and the new maximum to €30,000. Read more at COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch Database .
  • Prioritised applications for loans and grants. €1 million was ring-fenced for the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) in the three counties to increase engagement with local businesses to ensure they are aware of the loans, grants and vouchers they are entitled to. Applications from affected counties will be prioritised for all existing schemes, including the Sustaining Enterprise Fund.
  • Promotional Tourism Campaign. Fáilte Ireland was allocated €1 million to undertake a promotional campaign focused on increasing the appeal of these counties to visitors and drive bookings.

Use of measure

No information.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Applies to all businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


No involvement.

Views and reactions

No information


  • 14 August 2020: Government announces package for businesses in Kildare, Laois and Offaly (


Eurofound (2020), Supports for companies impacted by local COVID-19 restrictions, measure IE-2020-33/1426 (measures in Ireland), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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