Written answers

Thursday, 6 May 2021

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Photo of Marc MacSharryMarc MacSharry (Sligo-Leitrim, Fianna Fail)
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55. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she will consider including sports clubs for eligibility to the new scheme for outdoor seating and accessories for tourism and hospitality businesses given the fact that they cater for much the same sector as private businesses involved in dining and pubs and they also pay commercial rates to local authorities; if her attention has been drawn to the fact that it will discriminate against the sports sector in relation to private business if it is not included in the scheme given that it will not be able to compete fairly in the 2021 outdoor dining campaign (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [23540/21]

Photo of Catherine MartinCatherine Martin (Dublin Rathdown, Green Party)
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The development and administration of the Outdoor Dining Enhancement Scheme - including decisions relating to eligibility, such as those referenced by the Deputy - are operational matters for Fáilte Ireland. Accordingly, I have referred this question to the agency for direct response to the Deputy. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten working days.


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