Written answers

Wednesday, 1 December 2021

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Photo of Noel GrealishNoel Grealish (Galway West, Independent)
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83. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht further to Parliamentary Question No. 260 of 23 November 2021, if a person can qualify for a late application under the events sector covid support scheme, given that Phase 2 was open from 7 October 2021 to 21 October 2021 and was not closed on 31 August 2021 as stated in the previous response, given that this person narrowly missed the deadline as he was not aware of the second phase of the scheme opening and given the widespread cancellation of events in the past two weeks due to rising Covid-19 cases; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [59308/21]

Photo of Catherine MartinCatherine Martin (Dublin Rathdown, Green Party)
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Guidelines for the Events Sector Covid Support Scheme were made available on Gov.ie prior to both phases of the Scheme opening for applications to assist applicants in their preparation, along with a comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions section. Applicants could also contact the ESCSS team directly with questions in relation to the scheme and their applications. My Department also provided an online application system for ease of access with clear guidance and instruction therein. The scheme was widely publicised on my Department’s website on Gov.ie and throughout various social media channels, providing up to date information in relation to the application windows.  Several representative and stakeholder groups also published information in relation to the scheme.

Phase 1 of this scheme closed for applications on the 31 August. Phase 2 of this scheme closed for applications on 21st  October and it is not be possible for further applications to be considered.   

As the Deputy will be aware, I secured an additional €25m for the live entertainment sector as part of Budget 2022. I am examining the supports in place to ensure that available resources are best deployed to meet the needs of the sector and to ensure a full recovery. This will provide further opportunities for businesses in the sector to avail of supports and officials would be happy to engage with any business seeking information or clarification as new supports evolve.


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