Thursday, 1 April 2021
Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
124. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if financial supports are available to members of an association (details supplied); if her attention has been drawn to the fact that the business continuation scheme does not include many of its members given they do not meet the criteria of the minimum income threshold; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [18019/21]
The July Stimulus and Budget 2021 provided a significant package of tax and fiscal measures to build the resilience of the economy and to help vulnerable but viable businesses across all sectors.
In 2020, the Covid-19 Adaptation Fund was open to tourism and hospitality businesses including cruise hire companies and boat tour operators. In February, 2021 Fáilte Ireland launched the first phase of the Tourism Business Continuity Scheme, which, subject to eligibility criteria, included cruise hire companies and tourism boat tour operators. This phase of the scheme closed for applications on 8th March.
The Tourism Business Continuity Scheme is administered by Fáilte Ireland and I have referred the Deputy's question to that agency for further reply including information on thresholds and other supports that may be available to Irish Charters Skippers Association members. Please contact my private office if you have not received a reply within ten working days.