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Businesses got support to reopen and re-employ staff

The streets of Killarney were eerily quiet before businesses reopened after lockdown

OVER €1.5 million has been paid out to Kerry businesses under the government’s restart grant scheme to aid reopening after Covid-19.

It involves direct grant aid for micro and small businesses, of sums between €2,000 and €10,000, to help with the costs associated with reopening and re-employing workers following closures.

The total amount paid tout in Kerry was €1,535,192 but the businesses that have benefited have not been publicly named.

Confirming the sum paid, Kerry TD Brendan Griffin said business owners and their staff have been through incredibly difficult times and it is welcome that the government is doing everything possible to support them to open up again.

“These targeted supports that have been developed by the department in collaboration with Enterprise Ireland and the Local Enterprise Offices, will be available to companies of including micro enterprises, SMEs, and sectors most exposed with a focus on food, manufacturing and internationally traded services including exporters and importers,” Deputy Griffin said.

This is in addition to a range of other supports for businesses to help them through the pandemic.

Impacted firms that are in rateable premises can also apply to Kerry County Council for grant support of between €2,000 and a maximum of €10,000 equivalent to their rates bill of 2019.

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