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Factsheet for measure IE-2021-16/1852 – measures in Ireland
|Country||Ireland , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 12 April 2021 – 30 September 2021|
|Type||Other initiatives or policies|
Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Measures to support a gradual relaunch of work
|Author||Roisin Farelly (IRN Publishing) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||12 April 2021 (updated 10 May 2021)|
A new €70 million scheme 'Outdoor Dining Enhancement Scheme' was launched in March 2021 to assist tourism and hospitality businesses to develop and increase their outdoor seating capacity.
Minister for Tourism Catherine Martin: "This Scheme has two main objectives: firstly, to enable individual tourism and hospitality businesses increase their dining and seating capacity in the short-term and secondly to enable a long-term strategy for local authorities to develop appropriate permanent weatherproofed outdoor dining infrastructure. The aim is to support jobs and businesses and to transform appropriate outdoor spaces within our cities and towns as welcoming, vibrant places that will help support economic recovery."
The Scheme has two parts as follows:
Part One of the Scheme is open to individual tourism and hospitality businesses where food is sold for consumption on the premises including hotels, attractions, cafes, restaurants and pubs. Applicants can apply for a grant of up to €4,000 to cover costs for outdoor tables, chairs, umbrellas, electric heaters, screens/windbreaks, plant stands and wooden platforms.
Part Two will enable Local Authorities to develop permanent outdoor public dining spaces in towns and urban centres, similar to those that exist in various European cities. Each Local Authority can apply for €200,000 for up to 2 locations.
|Does not apply to workers||
Sector specific set of companies
||Applies to all citizens|
Local / regional government
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
This case is sector-specific
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|I - Accommodation And Food Service Activities||I55 Accommodation|
|I56 Food and beverage service activities|
|R - Arts, Entertainment And Recreation||R91 Libraries, archives, museums and other cultural activities|
|R93 Sports activities and amusement and recreation activities|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2021), New Outdoor Dining Funding Scheme Launched, measure IE-2021-16/1852 (measures in Ireland), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/IE-2021-16_1852.html
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