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Funding Injection for 2 Kerry Trails • Welcome funding of €400K for Dingle Way upgrade to Cloghane & Extension of Ballyseedy Trail Statement by Brendan Griffin TD (FG) Kerry Thursday, March 4th, 2021 Kerry Fine Gael TD and Deputy Government Chief Whip, Brendan Griffin, is this morning (Thursday) welcoming a Government funding injection of €400,000 for two Kerry walking trails. Allocated under Strand 2 of the “Outdoor Recreation and Infrastructure Scheme” (ORIS) by the Department of Social Protection and Rural Affairs, €200,000 of the funding will go towards upgrading the Dingle Way at Más an Tiompáin, Cloghane, and €200,000 will go towards connecting the Ballyseedy Amenity Trail with a new walk by the River Lee in Tralee. Deputy Griffin says the funding is very important to the continued success of both trails and is a welcome addition to money already invested by the Government in numerous trails and greenways in Kerry during his years in the Department of Tourism. In a debate in the Dáil in December with Minister for Rural Affairs, Heather Humphreys, Deputy Griffin raised the importance of continued funding for Kerry under the ORIS Scheme and highlighted the cumulative impact of regular funding injections for rural areas from this and other schemes such as Clár, Town & Village, Rural Regeneration and Leader. Deputy Griffin says he will continue to lobby on behalf of all Kerry walking and cycling infrastructure applications for funding from Central Government and believes that further investment in Kerry will provide numerous benefits for local communities and the exchequer. ENDS

€29,546,648 for maintenance and renewal of road network in Kerry – Griffin Some €29,546,648 has been allocated for the maintenance and renewal of the road network in Kerry, Deputy Government Chief Whip Brendan Griffin TD has said. Deputy Griffin said: “This funding will cover routine maintenance to safeguard our infrastructure, ensure that our roads are resilient against the deteriorating effects of climate change and also contains provisions for walking and cycling infrastructure and safety schemes. Kerry County Council Restoration Improvement €12,166,500 Restoration Maintenance €2,036,000 Supplementary Restoration Maintenance €1,454,000 Discretionary Grant €3,960,000 Bridge Rehabilitation €580,000 Specific Imp. Grants €3,180,000 Strategic Regional and Local Roads €1,500,000 Speed Limits €9,250 Safety Improvement Works €470,000 €44,400 Cycle Signs Training Grant €105,000 Drainage Works €952,829 PSCI: Survey Support €34,000 Active Travel €1,571,767 Climate Adaption €343,502 Former National Roads €274,400 Improvement Scheme €865,000 Total Allocation €29,546,648 Further details attached Deputy Griffin continued: “Maintaining our regional and local road network in Kerry is not only important for connectivity, but crucial to ensuring safety on our roads, reducing road collisions and protecting lives. “Funding for the roll out of a signage programme relating to lower speed limits in housing areas as well as ‘safe passing’ signs for cyclists will also be provided for as part of today’s allocations. “Routine maintenance works are fundamental to safeguarding our road infrastructure and keeping the network in a good condition “All strategic road improvement investment schemes will include provisions for walking and cycling infrastructure to take account of the needs of all road users, including cyclists and pedestrians. “I commend my colleagues Minister Eamon Ryan and Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton for this critically important investment. I know it will make a huge difference to our road network in Kerry .” ENDS Note to Editor: These grants supplement local authorities’ own resources expenditure on regional and local road projects and do not represent the total investment in regional and local roads for this year.

New COVID Business Aid Scheme (CBAS) will provide welcome boost for struggling businesses in Kerry – Griffin A new nationwide €60 million COVID Business Aid Scheme (CBAS) will provide a welcome boost for struggling businesses in Kerry, Deputy Government Chief Whip Brendan Griffin TD has said. Deputy Griffin said the funding for the COVID Business Aid Scheme (CBAS) was secured by the Tánaiste at cabinet this week and Kerry County Council will be responsible for administering the scheme. Deputy Griffin said: “The scheme will support rateable businesses that were not eligible for the Covid Restrictions Support Scheme (CRSS) payment nor the recently announced Fáilte Ireland scheme, ‘Survive to Thrive’. “It will be a €60m fund offering a payment of €8,000 for eligible businesses, in two instalments of €4,000 for January-March and April-June. “Wholesalers, suppliers, caterers & events companies down 75% or more in turnover – and which have a rateable premises – will benefit. “Not everyone will be eligible, but it will provide a boost to 7,500 small and medium sized businesses who were not eligible for CRSS or the Fáilte Ireland scheme. “Business should be able to apply by the end of February through Kerry County Council. The Scheme will be back-dated to the start of this year, to ensure businesses are able to get help in covering the fixed costs they have incurred since then. “This new scheme is in addition to the wide range of existing Government schemes such as wage subsidies, the PUP, the CRSS and commercial rates waivers. “We hoped that businesses would no longer need such levels of support well into 2021. Unfortunately, the pandemic continues to have devastating consequences and the Government remains committed to helping businesses for as long as they need it.” ENDS Note for editor The Covid-19 Business Aid Scheme is intended to target those business that do not qualify for CRSS and as such the eligibility criteria between the two schemes should be similar. The main difference will be the requirement for the public to have access to a business premises. The Scheme also needs to align with the new Fáilte Ireland Business Continuity grant assistance. The proposed eligibility criteria for the Covid-19 Business Aid Scheme are: 1. the scheme will be available to companies, self-employed, sole traders or partnerships; 2. minimum turnover of €50,000; 3. Are not owned and operated by a public body; 4. the business is not eligible for CRSS or Fáilte Ireland Business Continuity Scheme; 5. they are in receipt of a rates bill from their local authority for business which operates from a building, or similar fixed physical structure on which business rates are payable (mobile premises, or premises which are not permanently fixed in place, do not meet the definition of business premises nor do premises on which no rates are payable); 6. the business must have a current eTax Clearance Certificate from the Revenue Commissioners; 7. the turnover of the business over the claim period is estimated to be no more than 25% of the: – average weekly turnover of the business in 2019; or – the projected average weekly turnover of the business for 1st January to 30th June 2021 for businesses that commenced after 1st November 2019; and 8. the business intends to resume trading in full once Government restrictions are eased. For further information please contact Brendan on 087-6528841

February 1, 2021 New investment by Fáilte Ireland will provide welcome boost for tourism business in Kerry – Griffin A new nationwide €55 million investment by Fáilte Ireland will provide a welcome boost for tourism businesses in Kerry, Deputy Government Chief Whip, Brendan Griffin TD has said. Deputy Griffin said the funding for the Tourism Business Continuity Scheme was secured in Budget 2021 and Fáilte Ireland is responsible for developing and administering the scheme. Deputy Griffin said: “The scheme will support those tourism businesses that were not eligible for the Covid Restrictions Support Scheme (CRSS) payment or previous Fáilte Ireland continuity grant schemes. “I am confident this will have a positive impact on the industry in Kerry and will be key to helping it survive and thrive in the year ahead. “The first phase of the Scheme opens for applications on the 11th February 2021 to businesses including outdoor activity providers, visitor attractions not eligible for CRSS, caravan and camping providers registered with Fáilte Ireland and Cruise Hire companies who meet the eligibility criteria. “The Government will continue to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy and ensure that appropriate supports are in place. We are now developing tourism for survival through the pandemic and recovery in the medium and long term.” The National Tourism Development Authority also announced its heavyweight domestic marketing plans, investment commitments in outdoor dining and urban animation and its strategic priorities for the year ahead. The event entitled ‘Survive to Thrive’, provided industry with details of Fáilte Ireland’s plans that will help support resilience and survival in the short term and the recovery of the sector in the long-term. Deputy Griffin said: “Amongst its key projects for 2021, Fáilte Ireland has also committed to the enhancement of urban areas through the 31 Destination Town projects across the country and two new funding schemes. “The Outdoor Dining Grant Scheme will improve the quality of outdoor dining spaces and offer reassurance around safety and comfort, and the Urban Animation Grant Scheme will animate our cities and towns with innovative lighting and art installations. “Fáilte Ireland has also committed to preparing for the return of tourism by working with industry to build improved websites and online booking capability through a new digital transformation programme and continuing to keep Ireland front of mind for overseas buyers through a range of virtual sales events, including Meitheal, one of Ireland’s largest travel trade shows.” ENDS Note for editor €55million Tourism Business Continuity Scheme • The first phase of the €55million Tourism Business Continuity Scheme opens for applications on the 11th February 2021 to businesses including outdoor activity providers (e.g. Bike tours, Surf Schools, Kayaking tours, Angling, tourist boat tour operators, Hop on Hop off Bus tours with onboard tourism experiences, walking tours, instructor led/guided tourism equestrian experiences and golf courses with a tourism offering), Visitor attractions not eligible for CRSS (e.g. attractions with charity/not for profit status or that are primarily outdoor attractions), Caravan and camping providers registered with Fáilte Ireland and Cruise Hire companies who meet the eligibility criteria. To be eligible for the scheme: • a business’ monthly turnover from October 2020 to January 2021 must be less than 25% of its average monthly turnover in 2019; • the business must have a minimum annual turnover of €50,000 and minimum fixed costs of 10% of turnover; • the business must not be eligible to apply for the Covid Restrictions Support Scheme (CRSS) or have received funding through the Fáilte Ireland Coach Tourism Business Continuity Scheme or Ireland Based Inbound Agents Business Continuity Scheme. The minimum grant is €3,750 and the maximum grant is €200k. Full details and eligibly criteria will be available on www.failteireland.ie from the 11th February 2021. Phase 2 of the scheme will be launched in March 2021. Destination Towns Scheme • In 2019, Fáilte Ireland launched the Destination Towns Scheme to boost the attractiveness and tourism appeal of towns nationwide. Over €15million was allocated to 31 towns and Fáilte Ireland continues to implement projects to improve public realm and visitor experience in these locations. For further information please contact Brendan on 087-2549116

Funding Injection for Kerry Towns & Villages • Welcome funding of €687,505 for Spa, Milltown, Castleisland, Ballybunion, Rathmore & Portmagee Statement by Brendan Griffin TD (FG) Kerry Friday, January 8th, 2021 Kerry Fine Gael TD and Deputy Government Chief Whip, Brendan Griffin, is this morning (Friday) welcoming a Government funding injection of almost €700,000 for six Kerry towns and villages. Allocated under the “Town and Village Renewal Scheme” by the Department of Social Protection and Rural Affairs, the funding will go towards projects in Spa, Milltown, Castleisland, Ballybunion, Rathmore and Portmagee. In Spa Village, over €96,000 will go towards a new footpath to link the village safely to the Tralee Bay Coastal Amenity Trail. In Milltown, over €94,000 will be spent to upgrade the historic square and for a scoping study on the development of a Business Innovation Hub. In Castleisland, over €96,000 will go towards implementing Phase 1 of an Urban Connectivity project and a study on the future use for derelict and vacant properties in the town. In Ballybunion, €100,000 will go towards improved signage and parking capacity for visitors. In Rathmore, €100,000 will go towards undergrounding ESB wires in advance of a safety scheme due to commence early this year. Finally, in Portmagee, €200,000 will go towards public realm improvements and undergrounding of utility wires, including the provision of EV charging, WiFi Access points and information points. Deputy Griffin says the funding is very important to the six towns and villages and is a welcome addition to money already invested by the Government in numerous rural towns and villages in Kerry over the last few years. In a debate in the Dáil in December with Minister for Rural Affairs, Heather Humphreys, Deputy Griffin raised the importance of continued funding for Kerry under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme and highlighted the cumulative impact of regular funding injections for rural areas from other schemes such as Clár, ORIS, Rural Regeneration and Leader. He says he will continue to lobby hard on behalf of all Kerry applications for funding from Central Government and hopes to see further investment in the county in the near future. ENDS Note: Spa: €96,705 Milltown: €94,500 Castleisland: €96,300 Ballybunion: €100,000 Rathmore: €100,000 Portmagee: €200,000

Christmas Bonus will be paid to Kerry social welfare & PUP recipients this year – Griffin Deputy Government Chief Whip, Brendan Griffin TD said: “I am pleased to say that the full Christmas Bonus will be paid to social welfare recipients in Kerry the week beginning 7th December. This year, due to the challenges of COVID-19, the Christmas bonus will also be paid to recipients of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment. “This was confirmed to me by my colleague the Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys, who has announced the details of the largest ever Christmas Bonus. “As always, people on long term social welfare benefits such as pensioners, people with disabilities, carers and lone parents will receive the 100% Christmas bonus. “Those who have been in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) continuously or otherwise – for at least 4 months (17 weeks) since March will also receive the Christmas Bonus this year. “Minister Humphreys has also taken care to ensure that anyone returning to work next week as restrictions ease, will not be excluded from the Christmas Bonus. Any person in receipt of PUP for any one day from Friday 27th November to Thursday 3rd December will still receive the Christmas Bonus provided they also meet the 17 week requirement. So anyone returning to work this Monday or Tuesday will still receive the Christmas Bonus as they worked at least one day during the said period. “The same criteria is also being applied to those on Jobseeker’s payments, who in previous years would have only received the Bonus if they had been out of work for at least 15 months”, Deputy Griffin concluded. Announcing the record Christmas Bonus, Minister Humphreys urged people to spend it locally in order to support small businesses: “Christmas brings many extra financial pressures and I am particularly pleased to provide a 100% Christmas Bonus this year for over 1.6 million people. “I would strongly encourage people to spend their Christmas Bonus locally this year and support our local shops and businesses in our towns and villages throughout the country. This will be a €390 million injection into the Irish economy at a time when many small businesses will be reopening their doors as restrictions are eased.” ENDS For further information please contact Brendan on 087-6528841 Notes for Editor A 100% Christmas Bonus will be paid in December 2020 to recipients of long-term Social Welfare payments (minimum payment of €20). People in receipt of the following payments will receive the Bonus: • State Pensions and Widow’s/Widower’s/Surviving Civil Partner’s Pensions • Invalidity Pension, Blind Pension, Disability Allowance, Carer’s Allowance, Carer’s Benefit, Partial Capacity Benefit, Disablement Benefit, Domiciliary Care Allowance and Guardian’s payments • One-Parent Family Payment, Long-term Jobseeker’s Allowance, Jobseeker’s Transition Payment, Deserted Wife’s Benefit and Allowance and Farm Assist • Back to Work Enterprise Allowance, Community Employment, Rural Social Scheme, TÚS, Gateway and Job Initiative, Supplementary Welfare Allowance, Daily Expenses Allowance, Magdalene Commission Scheme • On an exceptional basis this year, recipients of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment and equivalent recipients of Jobseeker’s Payments who have been on these payments for four months or more.

Kerry businesses should apply for new Brexit loan as transition period nears an end – Griffin Small businesses in Kerry should apply for a new loan to help them prepare for Britain’s exit from the single market and customs union at the end of this year, Deputy Government Chief Whip, Brendan Griffin TD has said. Deputy Griffin said, “I know that Brexit will be challenging for businesses and they want to be prepared, so I welcome the opening of this new scheme by the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar T.D. “The new Microfinance Ireland (MFI) Brexit Business Loan, will provide up to €25,000 to businesses whose turnover already is or is likely to fall 15% or more or if the business has a short term cashflow need as a result of Brexit. Loans are available for between six months and three years. “Any business, including a Sole Trader, Partnership or Limited Company, with less than 10 employees and annual turnover of up to €2 million can apply, where they are unable to secure finance from a Bank or commercial lending provider. “Kerry businesses can apply though their Local Enterprise Office Network or can apply directly to Microfinance Ireland (MFI). “There are less than 50 days until the end of the transition period on 31 December. It is urgent that all businesses large and small in Kerry now revisit their readiness plans. “From 1 January, the UK will no longer apply the rules of the EU’s Single Market and Customs Union. This means that any business that moves goods from, to or through Great Britain will be subject to a range of customs formalities, SPS checks and other regulatory requirements that do not apply to such trade today. “There is now an extensive range of training material and information available online on the Government’s new Brexit Information Hub to help businesses prepare for Brexit and the lasting change that it will bring. The hub can be accessed via Gov.ie/getbrexitready,” Deputy Griffin said. Announcing details of the scheme, Minister Varadkar said: “I know it’s been a really hard year, especially for our small, local businesses and imminent Brexit feels like another bodyblow on the way. This new loan is just one of the ways we are helping business to prepare. “It will provide low cost finance of up to €25,000 and business owners can apply through MFI. 77% of MFI’s lending is to businesses outside of Dublin, which is important as businesses all over Ireland will feel the negative effects of Brexit. “If you are a business owner and are wondering where to start, I’d recommend filling out our Brexit Readiness Checker first and having a look at what needs to be done in your business. Then please reach out and use the help that’s there.” ENDS Notes to Editors: Product Features • Loans from €5,000 – €25,000* • Loan Terms from six months to three years** (shorter terms depending on purpose) • Interest rate of 4.5% APR if submitted through the Local Enterprise Office Network or other referral partners, or 5.5% APR if you apply directly • No fees/charges or any hidden costs • Fixed repayments with no penalty for early repayment * The maximum credit exposure for all MFI borrowings is €25,000 **Depending on the term of the loan, interest only repayments for three months may apply in line with our standard products Who can apply? • Any business* (Sole Trader, Partnership or Limited Company) with less than 10 employees and annual turnover of up to €2m • Unable to secure finance from a Bank or commercial lending provider • Business turnover is or potentially could be impacted by a minimum of 15% or the business has a short term cashflow need as a result of Brexit. * While Businesses involved in Alcohol Production are deemed to be an excluded sector for MFI Loans, they are eligible to apply for an MFI Brexit Loan For further information please contact Brendan on 087-6528841

Funding for local sports groups in Kerry will assist in Covid-19 recovery- Griffin Funding for local sports groups in Kerry will help the sector offset losses incurred and address other challenges posed by Covid-19, Deputy Government Chief Whip Brendan Griffin TD has said. Deputy Griffin said: “I am delighted that an unprecedented funding package of 85 million has been put in place for the Irish sport sector, which will help local groups in Kerry in what has been a difficult year with much activity stalled due to Covid-19. “The funding being allocated by Sport Ireland will address the existential threat to National Governing Bodies and their club networks, and local sports organisations in Kerry. “Through the Local Sports Partnership Small Grant Scheme, 59 clubs in Kerry will be allocated funding of €74,921 “This scheme provides an additional mechanism to support community groups & clubs who may not be affiliated to a national organisation or but provide a vital local service. The primary aim of the grants is to cover the costs associated with implementing Covid-19 hygiene and social distancing protocols. “A further €20,645 is being allocated to the local sports partnership in Kerry for sports innovation projects. This funding aims specifically to promote and develop new programmes and projects that can advance sport and physical activity in the post-Covid-19 public health era. “This Government is committed to the Irish sports sector and earlier this year announced funding of €70 million to protect the national sports system in Ireland. “Over €64 million of funding has been allocated to National Governing Bodies, Local Sports Partnerships and other funded bodies across four key schemes. “An Emergency Fund to the value of €5.8 million has been ring-fenced to offset losses incurred by sports organisations during the current Level 5 restrictions and the remaining period of 2020. “Sport Ireland was in a position to meet the requests of National Governing Bodies for their club networks to the tune of €9.7 million, and an additional €5 million will also be invested in the GAA, IRFU and FAI club networks. “In addition to the Covid-19 fund outlined above, the Government has allocated an additional €15 million to GAA, Camogie Association and Ladies Gaelic Football Association specifically for the running of the Inter-County Championships. There is also dedicated funding for disability and older adult sport. “This has been an extremely challenging year for the sport sector but support is available, and I wish to thank the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport & Media, Catherine Martin TD and Minister of State for Sport and Gaeltacht Affairs, Jack Chambers TD for their continued commitment to this area,” Deputy Griffin concluded. ENDS Notes to Editors: Local sports partnership allocations: Local Sports Partnership Small Grant Scheme: LSP Name Number of Clubs Funded Total € Carlow LSP 32 33,225.00 Cavan LSP 59 70,393.78 Clare LSP 75 70,276.38 Cork LSP 155 174,781.00 Donegal LSP 73 90,648.06 Dublin City LSP 90 94,065.00 Dun Laoghaire Rathdown LSP 36 42,925.00 Galway LSP 101 126,036.73 Kerry LSP 59 74,921.83 Kildare LSP 44 48,509.42 Kilkenny LSP 18 17,797.29 Laois LSP 35 46,570.23 Leitrim LSP 29 34,650.68 Limerick LSP 94 89,126.00 Longford LSP 39 40,422.53 Louth LSP 80 102,247.05 Mayo LSP 60 75,450.00 Meath LSP 118 139,195.48 Monaghan LSP 41 55,918.83 Offaly LSP 44 47,995.96 Roscommon LSP 24 29,433.74 Sligo LSP 52 68,776.77 South Dublin LSP 42 55,898.00 Tipperary LSP 74 88,992.84 Waterford LSP 55 67,081.32 Westmeath LSP 44 52,981.25 Wexford LSP 45 45,148.00 Wicklow LSP 19 22,298.83 Total 1,637 1,905,767 Local Sports Partnerships & Participation Sports Innovation Projects Organisation Total € Carlow 49,000 Cavan 23,400 Cork 64,500 Donegal 15,000 Dun Laoghaire Rathdown 15,000 Galway 15,000 Kerry 20,645 Kilkenny 19,370 Laois 65,800 Limerick 10,000 Longford 12,000 Mayo 13,400 Meath 15,000 Monaghan 8,000 Offaly 10,000 Roscommon 4,220 Sligo 18,600 Tipperary 17,045 Waterford 35,345 Wicklow 18,580 Age and Opportunity 40,000 Ireland Active 75,000 Totals 564,905 National funding allocations: Total NGB Funding Allocations: Organisation Total € Gaelic Games – GAA, LGFA, Camogie, GAA Handball 30,795,000* Irish Rugby Football Union 18,000,000 Football Association of Ireland 13,000,000 Golf Ireland / CGI 2,730,000 Cricket Ireland 1,498,500 Gymnastics Ireland 1,380,000 Basketball Ireland 1,157,500 Horse Sport Ireland 1,040,000 Tennis Ireland 950,000 Athletics Ireland 805,000 Swim Ireland 780,000 Irish Sailing 650,000 Irish Athletic Boxing Association 645,000 Cycling Ireland 533,000 Badminton Ireland 369,000 Hockey Ireland 240,500 Triathlon Ireland 235,500 Rowing Ireland 149,000 Irish Martial Arts Commission 120,000 National Community Games 110,000 Archery Ireland 101,000 Student Sport Ireland 95,000 Irish Orienteering Association 77,000 Volleyball Ireland 71,500 Irish Underwater Council 70,000 Fencing Ireland 59,000 Motor Cycling Ireland 50,000 Irish Surfing Association 50,000 Bowling League of Ireland 50,000 Canoeing Ireland 48,000 ONAKAI 40,000 Pitch and Putt Ireland 39,000 Irish Squash 38,000 Racquetball Association of Ireland 33,000 Special Olympics Ireland 348,000 IWA Sport 194,000 Vision Sports Ireland 97,500 Irish Judo Association 24,000 Irish Ice Hockey Association 20,000 Rugby League Ireland 19,000 Bol Chumann na hÉireann 12,500 Totals 76,724,500 *Breakdown of Gaelic Games The Gaelic Games family of sports includes GAA, LGFA, Camogie Association & GAA Handball and is funded as one for the purposes of club schemes. The combined support being provided to the family of Gaelic Games through the Covid-19 scheme is in excess of €15 million. Together with the additional Government allocation of €15 million for GAA, Ladies Gaelic Football and Camogie Inter-County Championships, overall support will be almost €31 million. Gaelic Games GAA/LGFA/Camogie Inter-County Championships 15,000,000 Gaelic Games Clubs 5,000,000 Gaelic Athletic Association 9,000,000 Ladies Gaelic Football Association 1,000,000 The Camogie Association 795,000 Total Gaelic Games 30,795,000 Breakdown of NGB Funding Allocations: Organisation Scheme Two Scheme Three Scheme Four Total Golf Ireland – 2,700,000 30,000 2,730,000 Cricket Ireland 1,109,000 197,500 192,000 1,498,500 Gymnastics Ireland 270,000 1,000,000 110,000 1,380,000 Basketball Ireland 550,000 600,000 7,500 1,157,500 Horse Sport Ireland – 1,000,000 40,000 1,040,000 Tennis Ireland 150,000 800,000 – 950,000 Athletics Ireland – 590,000 215,000 805,000 Swim Ireland 100,000 500,000 180,000 780,000 Irish Sailing 100,000 550,000 – 650,000 Irish Athletic Boxing Association 145,000 500,000 – 645,000 Cycling Ireland 283,000 – 250,000 533,000 Badminton Ireland 75,000 294,000 – 369,000 Hockey Ireland 71,000 169,500 – 240,500 Triathlon Ireland 83,000 100,000 52,500 235,500 Rowing Ireland 90,000 32,000 27,000 149,000 Irish Martial Arts Commission – 120,000 – 120,000 National Community Games 60,000 50,000 – 110,000 Archery Ireland 15,000 62,000 24,000 101,000 Student Sport Ireland – – 95,000 95,000 Irish Orienteering Association – – 77,000 77,000 Volleyball Ireland – 21,500 50,000 71,500 Irish Underwater Council – 70,000 – 70,000 Fencing Ireland – 59,000 – 59,000 Motor Cycling Ireland 50,000 – – 50,000 Irish Surfing Association 50,000 – – 50,000 Bowling League of Ireland – 50,000 – 50,000 Canoeing Ireland – 48,000 – 48,000 ONAKAI – 40,000 – 40,000 Pitch and Putt Ireland – 39,000 – 39,000 Irish Squash – 28,000 10,000 38,000 Racquetball Association of Ireland – 33,000 – 33,000 Special Olympics Ireland – – 348,000 348,000 IWA Sport – – 194,000 194,000 Vision Sports Ireland – – 97,500 97,500 Irish Judo Association – 24,000 – 24,000 Irish Ice Hockey Association 20,000 – – 20,000 Rugby League Ireland 9,000 10,000 – 19,000 Bol Chumann na hÉireann – 12,500 – 12,500 For further information please contact Brendan on 087-6528841

15th November 2020 Businesses in Kerry should apply for the extended Apprenticeship Incentivisation Scheme – Griffin Businesses in Kerry should apply for the Apprenticeship Incentivisation Scheme which is now being extended until mid-2021, Deputy Government Chief Whip Brendan Griffin TD has said. Deputy Griffin said: I am delighted to receive confirmation from the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD that the Apprenticeship Incentivisation Scheme is being extended for businesses to apply to it. “So far 18 businesses in Kerry have applied for the scheme, which is designed to support employers to continue to recruit apprentices during the immediate Covid-19 period. “It ensures that businesses who take on an apprentice are hired at €2,000 per apprentice and another €1,000 if the apprentice is still on the books for a year. “This is a good model. It allows a person to earn and learn and allows businesses to train recruits and get some payment for it. “Minister Harris is also developing a new Action Plan for Apprenticeship, but the scheme has offered a lifeline to many businesses seeking to take on apprentices and security for the apprentice. “SOLAS has also moved to simplify employer access to apprenticeship through a relaunched website at www.apprenticeship.ie where employers can find information on participating in apprenticeship or, indeed, discover how to kick-off the development of new apprenticeship programmes,” Deputy Griffin concluded. Speaking today, Minister Harris said: “Covid-19 has upended all our lives. While the challenges the crisis presented are unprecedented, they also open up unique opportunities for us. “In this week’s Budget, we secured a package of €118 million to help thousands of you reskill and retrain in areas where we need more workers or where there is potential for future employment. “One area we will focus on is the area of apprenticeship. We have also secured funding to expand training courses in retrofit skills to 1,500 people per annum. We will extend programmes to include 500 places for people in search of employment in this developing area as well as providing more places for people in the construction sector. “2020 has been an incredibly difficult year for businesses and people with us all having to adapt to new ways of working. We will also roll out a new climate action upskilling scheme through Skillnet Ireland. Skillnet programmes are industry led. Courses will be designed by industry, for industry and will give businesses the skills to adapt to a sustainable, low carbon economy.So log on to www.gov.ie and find out more.” ENDS For further information please contact Brendan on 087-6528841

Tourism Industry will benefit from VAT rate reduction, business supports and investment in airports – Griffin The tourism industry will benefit from budgetary measures including a cut to the VAT rate, investment in our airports and new business supports, Deputy Government Chief Whip Brendan Griffin TD has said. Deputy Griffin said, “The Government has recognised the unprecedented challenges facing the tourism and hospitality sector as a result of the pandemic and I am pleased that Budget 2021 contains measures to assist Kerry businesses, in addition to providing investment in our aviation industry. “The VAT rate for hospitality and tourism sector will be reduced from 13.5 to 9% from 1st November 2020. “This temporary measure is being put in place to provide support to the sector, where many Kerry businesses remain closed and those that are open are operating at significantly reduced capacity. The reduced rate will apply until 31 December 2021. “If passed through, the measure will reduce the cost of restaurant supplies, tourist accommodation, cinemas, theatres, museums, historic houses, open farms, amusement parks, and hairdressing. “It is also important to ensure we continue to invest in infrastructure to ensure Ireland has a viable tourism sector once the world opens up again after the pandemic. “Budget 2021 provides exchequer support of €31.3m to our regional airports. €21.3m is provided under the Regional Airports Programme and, separately, for the first time, in recognition of the devastating effects of Covid, Shannon and Cork Airports will have access to capital funding under a separate €10m Exchequer-funded programme. “Many people have lost out financially due to the cancellation of travel plans during COVID-19. Additional funding of €15m has been allocated to ensure customers of insolvent travel agents and tour operators may be refunded in full or repatriated from abroad. “I would like to commend by colleague, Minister of State with responsibility for international and road travel and logistics, Hildegarde Naughton, TD, for securing the supports announced for the tourism and aviation industry in Budget 2021. “The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on tourism and Fine Gael in Government is committed to supporting the sector through this challenging period through restoring jobs and promoting the industry. “In addition to existing interventions to support businesses in Kerry , An Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe also secured the new Covid Restrictions Support Scheme (CRSS) as part of Budget 2021. “The new Covid Restrictions Support Scheme (CRSS) is aimed at Kerry businesses which have either been prohibited in operating or only been able to trade at significantly reduced levels as a result of restrictions imposed on them in response to Covid-19. “It will offer a targeted, timely and temporary sector-specific support to affected businesses in Kerry. Generally, it will operate when Level 3 or higher of the Plan for Living with Covid-19 is in operation. “Qualifying businesses in Kerry can apply to Revenue for a cash payment for the period of restrictions. Payments will be calculated on the basis of 10pc of the first €1m in turnover and 5pc on further turnover up to €4m, based on average (VAT exclusive) turnover for 2019. “I hope that the supports outlined above will go some way towards supporting businesses in the hospitality and tourism sector, whose operations have been impacted more severely by the requirement for public health restrictions, Deputy Griffin concluded. ENDS For further information please contact Brendan on 087-6528841

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