Dáil debates

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

11:50 am

Photo of Claire KerraneClaire Kerrane (Roscommon-Galway, Sinn Fein) | Oireachtas source

I have asked several times how people will go about applying for that enterprise support grant. Will the Minister give an indication as to when she believes those matters will be decided and made public to allow people apply for them. Will those on the PUP who have returned to work without being able to apply for this payment and who do not pay rates and therefore cannot apply for the restart grant be able to apply for this enterprise support grant when they are already back at work? We have to remember that those over the age of 66 who are working - the self-employed or otherwise - who could not receive any support, including the pandemic unemployment payment, cannot access this enterprise support grant nor can they access the restart grant based on nothing other than their age. They were excluded from any supports, albeit they and their businesses suffered because of Covid-19. They were excluded based on their age. Is there a timeline for when the Minister will have the information on how people can apply for this grant?


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