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

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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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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