Murnane O’Connor urges Carlow tourism and hospitality businesses to avail of new grants
By Elizabeth Lee
FIANNA Fáil TD for Carlow, Jennifer Murnane O’Connor is calling on individual tourism and hospitality businesses to avail of the new Outdoor Dining Scheme in partnership with local authorities.
The scheme is comprised of two parts and will be delivered in partnership between Fáilte Ireland and local authorities across the country.
Part one of the scheme will provide funding for individual tourism and hospitality businesses to develop and increase their own outdoor seating capacity. Applicants can apply for a grant of up to €4,000 (up to 75% of the ex-VAT cost of equipment purchased/installed). Costs for outdoor tables, chairs, umbrellas, electric heaters, screens/windbreaks, plant stands and wooden platforms will be covered.
Funding allocated under the second part of scheme 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.
“The aim of this scheme 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,” said deputy Murnane O’Connor commented.
Also commenting on the initiative, Fáilte Ireland CEO Paul Kelly said: “Part one of the Outdoor Dining Enhancement Scheme relates to outdoor seating and accessories to help tourism and hospitality businesses offset some of the costs incurred in upgrading premises for outdoor dining and seating.
“Part two relates to weatherproofing and outdoor dining infrastructure which focuses on the development of medium-to-large-scale permanent public dining spaces in towns and centres in preparation for welcoming back visitors when it is safe to do so. “Each local authority can apply for up to €200,000 under this element of the scheme. We have been working closely with the County and City Management Association (CCMA) on behalf of the local authorities to design a scheme that will be efficient and practical. We look forward to seeing the results across the country,” concluded Mr Kelly.