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