A total of 57 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland – No further deaths reported today





Today the HPSC confirms a further 57 cases of COVID-19 in the Republic of Ireland.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases in Ireland to 26,768.

No further deaths are being reported today.

Statement from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre:

There have been no new deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today.

There has now been a total of 1,772 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Sunday 9th August, the HPSC has been notified of 57 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 26,768* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today;

  • 29 are men / 28 are women
  • 70% are under 45 years of age
  • 31 are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 8 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 19 cases are located in Kildare, 11 in Dublin, 10 in Offaly, 7 in Limerick, and the rest of the cases are in Clare, Cork, Galway, Kerry and Wicklow

The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “People in Ireland coming together to support one another against COVID-19 has been the cornerstone of the national effort to date. While people in Kildare, Laois and Offaly are being asked to reduce their movements and social interactions, and some businesses are being asked to curtail their services, it is important that we remember that everyone across the country has a role to play in minimising the spread of this disease in our communities.”

Rachel Kenna, Chief Nursing Officer, Department of Health, said: “From today, you are asked to wear face coverings in a variety of indoor commercial settings such as shops, supermarkets, libraries, museums, cinemas and theatres. Remember to clean your hands before you put on your face covering, and hold it by the ear loops. Ensure it sits snugly over your nose and mouth. When you remove it, place it in a Ziploc bag and then when you get home, put it in a 60 degree wash. Try to avoid touching the front of your face covering when wearing it.”

“Every small, daily action we take, such as wearing a face covering in the shop, is an act of solidarity with healthcare workers who have been at the frontline of this public health crisis since its outset.”

Dr Siobhán Ní Bhriain, Consultant Psychiatrist and Integrated Care Lead, HSE, said: “It is important to remember that all the safe behaviours we are asked to adopt are designed to protect the most vulnerable groups in society from catching this very dangerous disease. COVID-19 is still circulating in our communities, and by avoiding crowded places, keeping our social contacts to a minimum and socially distancing from one another, we are helping to break chains of transmission that could lead to an older person or a vulnerable person catching this infection.”

*Validation of data at the HPSC led to the denotification of one confirmed case. The figure of 28,768.


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Restart Grant Plus Open To Cork City & County Businesses





Cork County Council Info:

Cork County Council is now accepting applications from local businesses for the Restart Grant Plus. This scheme builds upon the previous Restart Grant Scheme by increasing the minimum grant from €2,000 to €4,000 and increasing the maximum from €10,000 to €25,000.

Eligibility has also expanded, with applications open to companies employing up to 250 eligible compared to less than 50 in the previous scheme, non-rateable B&B’s, Sports clubs with commercial activities and trading charity shops are also now eligible. Businesses that availed of the previous Restart Grant from Cork County Council do not need to reapply and will be contacted over the coming days.

The Restart Grant Plus was announced by Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar T.D. as part of the government’s July Stimulus package, a €7.4bn package of measures designed to stimulate a jobs-led recovery and build economic confidence while continuing to manage the impact of Covid-19. This announcement sees €300m additional funding on top of the €250m previously committed to the Restart Grant Scheme.

Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr. Mary Linehan Foley said:

“Small and medium businesses are an integral part of life in County Cork and I’m delighted to see these additional supports being made available. There are so many businesses throughout our towns and villages that shape our local identity and character, and provide fantastic services to residents and visitors alike. I encourage all businesses in Cork to look into this grant scheme, so that we can continue to lead way in our social and economic recovery.”

Deputy Chief Executive of Cork County Council James Fogarty added:

“Cork County Council welcomes this new and improved suite of supports for businesses, which will increase employment and support businesses in adapting to the current situation. By providing jobs and accessible local options for goods and services in Cork County, the Restart Grant Plus will have a resounding impact on our local economy and play a vital role in the Council’s Project ACT initiative to Activate County Towns.”

Applications for the Restart Grant can be made online at www.YourCouncil.ie. Cork County Council has also established a dedicated helpline on (021) 4208000 and email at [email protected]

Interested businesses can apply at www.YourCouncil.ie

Non-rated B&B’s will apply to Fáilte Ireland, who will administer the funding over the coming weeks.

To qualify for a grant, the important criteria are:

  • A business must be commercial and in the local authority rates system (apart from non-rated B&Bs who can apply to Fáilte Ireland);
  • It must have suffered a 25% loss of expected turnover between 1 April and 30 June 2020;
  • It must have less than 250 employees and turnover less than €25m;
  • It must declare its intention to re-employ staff in receipt of the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme

Further details about the Restart Grant

  • The grant will be based on the amount of the rates assessment for the premises for 2019 (excluding arrears) with a new minimum grant of €4,000 and a maximum grant of €25,000 (Increased from €2,000 min and €10,000 max).
  • Eligible firms now include medium-sized firms and independent hotels with up to 250 employees, as well as small firms (increased from 50 employees).
  • Businesses impacted by a 25% reduction in turnover will be eligible provided they commit to reopening and to hiring and sustaining employment.
  • A turnover of up to €25m is now allowable, increased from €5m. There is a cap of €100,000 turnover per employee.
  • Commercial sports businesses and trading charity shops in rated premises can now apply for the grant.
  • The hospitality sector, restaurants, pubs, activity centres and tourist attractions, e.g., galleries, museums are eligible if they are operating from a rated premise.
  • B&Bs in non-rated premises will be eligible to apply for the minimum €4,000 grant from Fáilte Ireland.
  • A franchisee which is a financially independent company and is completely separate to the franchisor is eligible to apply.
  • Small company chains can apply if they meet the criteria of <250 employees and €25m turnover in totality across the company and all the branches.
  • Multinationals are not eligible. Small Irish based subsidiaries with overseas parent companies are not eligible.
  • Large chains that are part of a large group company, i.e. one legal entity with a number of branches, such as fast food, group and multiple supermarkets, group hotels, group betting shops and group pharmacies are not eligible.

Cork City Council Information:

Today, the Government announced an additional €300m in funding to further support enterprises as the economy reopens and resumes activity. This will be provided to businesses through the enhanced Restart Plus Grant. The application process is now open on Cork City Council’s website, www.corkcity.ie.

The maximum grant available will rise to €25,000 (up from €10,000) and the minimum payment will be €4,000 (up from €2,000). Firms that accessed the Restart Grant will be eligible for a top-up payment to a total combined value of the revised minimum and maximum grant levels.

The criteria for accessing the scheme will include businesses that:

  • Have an existing rate account with Cork City Council;
  • Have 250 employees or fewer;
  • Turnover of less than €100,000 per employee up to a maximum of €25 million;
  • Commit to remain open or to reopen if it was closed;
  • Intend to retain employees that are on the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme; and
  • Reduced turnover by 25% as a result of COVID-19.

Under the revised Restart Grant, support will also be provided for enterprises that could not access the original grant scheme. Non-rated B&Bs and rateable sports businesses will be eligible for a grant payment of €4,000.

For further information, please contact [email protected]


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Minister Ryan and Minister Naughton announce Further Extensions to validity of Driving Licences, in ongoing response to COVID impacts





Minister Eamon Ryan T.D. and Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton T.D. at the Department of Transport, today 10/08/2020 have announced details of a further extension to the validity period of driving licences in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the disruption it has caused to licensing services delivered by the Road Safety Authority (RSA).

This now means that anyone, whose driving licence is or has expired between 1 March and 31 August 2020, will have its validity extended by seven months in total.

This, in effect, means that a person whose driving licence expired on 10 March 2020 will have the life of this licence extended to 10 October 2020, while a person whose licence expires on 15 August 2020 will have a new expiry date of 15 March 2021.

Minister Naughton has said: “it is important that we continue to take the necessary measures which have the health and safety of our drivers and that of the staff of the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) at its core. This latest extension will also go a long way in allaying concerns that many drivers may be facing with delays in renewing their licence. The NDLS, in line with many other state agencies, has seen an increased demand for its services since resuming operations following its temporary closure due to the COVID emergency.”

Minister Naughton also urged anyone availing of the NDLS services to follow the procedures that have been put in place to protect customers and the staff. The patience and understanding of the public is both appreciated and necessary, as staff are delivering public services with much reduced capacity and in very challenging circumstances.

Notes:

The RSA which operates the NDLS on behalf of the Department also hopes to extend its online services over the coming months, subject to the appropriate legislation and technical solutions being in place.

In addition, the Ministers also confirmed that the exemption from having a current medical report for those aged 70 years and over, without specific medical conditions, is being extended. The exemption is being put in place until 31 Dec 2020 and means that no medical report is required for over 70’s unless they have one of the conditions specifically listed in the licence renewal application form.

The NDLS will be communicating with those who have appointments booked in August and September who have been granted an extension to request them to cancel the appointment on www.NDLS.ie.

The change to the period of validity for driving licences follows the recent extension of the period of validity of learner permits. All learner permits that expired between 1 March and 30 June 2020 have already been extended by four months. For permits expiring between 1 July and 31 October 2020 (including those already extended), the validity period of those permits has also been extended for a further four months.

For Frequently Asked Questions on extension of driving licences and learner permits, please visit the Road Safety Authority website at the following link


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An Garda Síochána Urge The Public to Flatten the Current Curve





An Garda Síochána are urging the public to continue to work together to minimise the risk to each other, to our families and the local community.

To date there have been 1,772 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland.

There have been 26,712 Covid-19 confirmed cases.

These are our loved ones, our family, relations and friends.

In excess of 97% of cases are transmitted through close contact or Community transmission.

Daily statistics from the National Public Health Emergency Team are available at https://www.gov.ie/en/press-release/e78ab-statement-from-the-national-public-health-emergency-team-sunday-9-august/#how-covid-19-is-spreading.

Speaking today, Deputy Commissioner, Policing and Security, John Twomey said: “Throughout the country, there has been a huge National and Local effort to date in fighting the Covid-19 Pandemic, but Covid-19 remains a real threat.  Once again, we as a community must flatten this new curve in the virus.  As a community based organisation, An Garda Síochána is very aware of the impact increased restrictions place on our communities and we will continue to work closely with these communities to support them at this challenging time. It is vital that people adhere to the Public Health Guidance and Regulations in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”

Public Health Guidance has stayed consistent:

  • Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly – especially after you have been out and about or in and out of other peoples’ homes or businesses.
  • Continue to observe good cough and sneeze etiquette.
  • Maintain social distancing and remember to exercise judgement about where you spend time – keep in mind that if a place doesn’t look safe and it doesn’t feel safe, it probably isn’t safe.
  • Keep your social interactions to a minimum to limit the amount of contacts that you have.
  • Public Health Advice can be found at https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/cf9b0d-new-public-health-measures-effective-now-to-prevent-further-spread-o/
  • An Garda Síochána continues to ensure compliance with Covid-19 Public Health Regulations.

All regulations can be found at https://www.gov.ie/en/collection/1f150-view-statutory-instruments-related-to-the-covid-19-pandemic/

National Regulations have been extended until the 31st August 2020. These regulations provide penal provisions restricting events to 50 persons indoors and 200 persons outdoors and prevent the carrying on or provision of certain businesses or services.

Local Regulations have been published which provide penal provisions restricting activities in Counties Kildare, Laois and Offaly.  These penal provisions restrict events to 6 persons indoors and 15 persons outdoors, funerals to 25 persons indoors/outdoors and further restrict the carrying on or provision of certain businesses or services.

These Local Regulations also restrict movement of residents (applicable persons) to within their own county and non-residents from travelling to these counties, but not travelling through them.

The wearing on Face Coverings on Public Transport remains a Public Health Regulation. The wearing of Face Coverings in Certain Premises and Businesses is from now, the 10th August 2020, a Public Health regulation.

Both these Regulations remain in force until the 5th October 2020.

In supporting the COVID-19 Public Health Regulations and Guidelines, An Garda Síochána has and will continue to adopt, a graduated policing response based on its tradition of policing by consent. This has seen Garda members engage, educate, encourage and, as a last resort, enforce.
Gardaí throughout the country will continue to implement Operation Navigation and Operation Fanacht.

  • Operation Fanacht has recommenced locally in Kildare/Laois/Offaly, focused on supporting public compliance with public health measures, which are being implemented in these areas.
  • Operation Navigation, focuses on Licensed premises nationally, however An Garda Síochána continues to enforce all Covid-19 Health Regulations and other existing criminal legislation where appropriate to do so.
  • Where potential breaches of the Public Health Regulations are identified, and where a person/ business does not come into compliance with the regulations, a file is submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions for a direction as to how to proceed.

The COVID-19 Pandemic remains a public health crisis and An Garda Síochána continues to appeal to all citizens to comply with Public Health Guidelines and Regulations in order to continue to save lives.

Please continue to do your part and comply with the Governments advice and we will all get through this together.


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Update on Payments Awarded for COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment and Enhanced Illness Benefit





  • 262,500 receive Pandemic Unemployment Payment this week – down 12,100 compared to last week
  • Overall numbers have dropped 56% since peak on 5th May
  • €84.4 million to be paid in PUP payments tomorrow
  • Minister encourages impacted workers in Kildare, Laois & Offaly to apply for PUP
  • Final reminder for PUP recipients who have not confirmed their continued eligibility to avoid their payment being suspended

Today the Department of Social Protection issued payments valued at €84.4m to 262,500 people for the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP). This represents a decrease of 12,100 on the 274,600 people paid last week and a 56% drop on the 598,000 paid at its peak on 5th May.

In the past seven days, 11,100 people have closed their claim for a Pandemic Unemployment Payment. Some 5,000 will be receiving their final payment tomorrow, 11th August.

The top three sectors in which employees are returning to work this week are Accommodation and Food Services; Wholesale and Retail Trade, Repair of Motor Vehicles and motorcycles; and Construction.

The largest cohort returning to work is in the 25-34 age group.

Today, the Department of Social Protection is issuing a further reminder to people who have failed to confirm their eligibility that they must do so by Friday, August 14th, or their payment will be suspended.

Speaking today, Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys, T.D., welcomed the continuing reduction in numbers claiming the PUP.

“Over the past number of weeks, thanks to the efforts of everybody in our community, we have succeeded in reopening significant parts of our society. This is reflected in the continued reduction in the number of people claiming the PUP.  However, we cannot take this progress for granted and we have to safeguard the progress made by continuing to follow the advice of the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).

“Regrettably we have had to postpone some elements of the reopening plan and introduce some limited restrictions in the counties of Kildare, Laois and Offaly.

“I understand that this decision is very disheartening for businesses and employees in those counties many of whom have only recently returned to work. It is critically important however that we do not take any unnecessary risks that could reverse the progress our country has made to date and lead to the re-introduction of further restrictions. This has already happened in a number of other countries.

“I want to emphasise that workers who are affected by these restrictions in Kildare, Laois and Offaly are entitled to access the Covid-19 Illness Benefit payment and the Covid -19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment. This includes people living in Direct Provision Centres and non-nationals whose employment has been temporarily suspended due to a forced closure of a business as a result of Covid-19.  The easiest way to access these income supports is to apply online at www.MyWelfare.ie.”

The easiest way for people to apply for the Pandemic Unemployment Payment is online at www.MyWelfare.ie. When applying, people should provide the name of their employer and details of their last day of employment.

As well as those availing of the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment, there are now over 69,500 employers who have registered with the Revenue Commissioners for the Temporary Covid-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS). An estimated 370,000 employees are currently being supported by the scheme having received a subsidy in their most recent pay period.

The above payments are in addition to the 244,600 people who were reported on the Live Register as of the end of July.  All Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payments issued will be in recipients’ bank accounts or at their local post office tomorrow, Tuesday, 11th August.

Payment Assurance

Also, today, the Department of Social Protection has confirmed that over the weekend it has issued further notifications to approximately 29,000 individuals who have failed, so far, to confirm their continued eligibility for PUP. In July, as part of process of assuring the integrity of PUP payments the Department contacted the approximately 390,000 people receiving PUP at that time and asked them to confirm their continued eligibility. Notifications were issued directly to PUP recipients via email, SMS and via their MyWelfare account informing them of their need to confirm their continued eligibility. These direct communications were supported by a large advertising campaign on national and local media and on social media. The vast majority of people have now confirmed their eligibility but a number of people have not responded despite being contacted on three separate occasions.

Although the deadline to respond has already been extended once, a fourth communication issued over the weekend to the people concerned giving them until 12.00 noon on Friday next to respond. The communication advised that no further payments will issue after the payment that they receive tomorrow.  However, they were also provided with a link to the www.MyWelfare.ie site where they can easily apply to have their payment restored. As long as they do this before 12.00 noon on Friday next 14th August they will receive a payment as normal next week. People can still apply to have their payment restored after 12.00 noon on Friday 14th August but given the time required to process payments though the banking system any restoration requests received after that time will be paid the following week.

The Minister explained:

“As part of its normal payments assurance processes the Department contacts recipients across all its schemes from time to time to ask them to confirm their continued entitlement to the payment. PUP is no different in this respect and the Department undertook a major programme of contacting all recipients and publicising the process via a large-scale advertising campaign. 

“The vast majority of people responded and confirmed their eligibility. However, some people have not contacted the Department or responded in any way to any of the three separate messages sent to them.  The Department has now contacted them a fourth time and extended the deadline to this Friday 14 August at 12.00 noon.

“Where a person who received correspondence from the Department and for some reason has not yet responded, I would strongly encourage them to do so now. It is a very simple process and can be completed online at www.MyWelfare.ie. If they do this before 12.00 noon Friday they will continue to receive their payment as normal”.

As applications for the Pandemic Unemployment Payment were submitted online, PUP recipients will be familiar with MyWelfare.ie however if any person is unsure or needs assistance, they can contact 1890 800 024 between 9.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday. 

Payment Rates

Employees whose average weekly earnings in 2019 or January and February 2020 (whichever is the higher) were less than €200 gross will receive a weekly Pandemic Unemployment Payment of €203 a week. This equates to the standard jobseeker rate of payment and as it is higher than the person’s prior earnings will still mean that people, who receive €203 per week,  are in receipt of a higher income than they had prior to being laid-off due to Covid-19.

Employees with average earnings of €200 or more a week will continue to receive €350 Pandemic Unemployment Payment with almost 3 in 4 recipients continuing to receive €350 per week. 

Some 71,200 people will receive the €203 rate of payment this week which is 3,000 less than last week. The majority of people – 191,300 – will continue to receive the €350 rate of payment, which is 9,100 less than last week.

Any person, including any self-employed person, who believes that their new payment rate does not accurately reflect their prior earnings can contact the Department to request a review of earnings and forward all supporting documents, which will be matched with Revenue records. They can contact the Department by:

  • Emailing [email protected]; or
  • Writing to Pandemic Unemployment Rerate Requests, DEASP, Intreo Centre, Cork Road, Waterford  or
  • Calling 1890 800 024

Payments to self-employed people have been assessed, in the first instance, based on their 2018 returns to the Revenue Commissioners (Returns for 2019 are not due until later in 2020).  However, if a person has submitted their 2019 returns to Revenue and they consider that these are more beneficial, they can request a review of their PUP rate of payment from the Department. The Department will examine each case using the updated 2019 Revenue tax information and if the person has average earnings of €200 or more their payment will be increased to the higher rate of €350 per week. The Department will process applications for review as quickly as possible. 

People returning to work

In the past week, some 11,100 people closed their claim for the Pandemic Unemployment Payment of which 8,400 reported that they were returning to work. Of those 8,400 returning to work, some 5,000 are receiving their last payment this week. As the Pandemic Unemployment Payment is a weekly payment paid in arrears, there can be a one week lag in how closures, due to people returning to work, are reflected in the payment data. The reduction in the number of people in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment will, therefore, be reflected in next week’s figures.

The top three sectors in which employees are returning to work this week are Accommodation and Food Services (2,300); Wholesale and Retail Trade, Repair of Motor Vehicles and motorcycles (1,100); and Construction (700).  A full breakdown of the sectors in this area is set out at Appendix 7 below.

The age profile of employees returning to work this week shows that the largest cohort are those in the 25–34 age group (2,100), followed by those employees under 25 years of age (1,900); those aged 35-44 (1,800) and 1,500 aged 45-54 also returning to work.  Full details are available at Appendix 8.

The number of Pandemic Unemployment Payment recipients who closed their claim since the start of Phase 1 (18th May) and who are currently availing of the Temporary Covid-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS) has increased to 90,600 compared to 96,900 this time last week, the biggest increase being in the Accommodation and Food Services sector.

The Department continues to remind workers who are returning to work that they must close their claim for the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP).

In order to ensure that their claim is processed correctly, workers who are returning to work must close their claim for the PUP payment on the actual date that they start back at work.  Since the commencement of Phase One of the Government’s Roadmap for the Reopening of Society and Business, over 289,000 employees have closed their claims and returned to work.

The easiest way to close a claim for the Pandemic Unemployment Payment is online via www.MyWelfare.ie.  Any worker returning to work with an enquiry about closing their claim, can contact the Department’s dedicated income support helpline at 1890 800 024 (Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 5.00pm).

 Industries that remain closed

Where, due to ongoing restrictions,  a person’s employer has not restarted operations or where a sector is still temporarily closed the Department will continue to support the workers concerned through payment of the PUP.   

Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment Checks

As is the case, for all social welfare schemes and as part of the Department’s normal work, the Department conducts a series of pre and post payment checks for the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment, including:

  • Integrity checks made against records already held by the Department including Public Service Information data and cross checks with payments on other schemes. These help to verify if a person is who they claim to be and that they are entitled to claim payment.
  • A reconciliation process between the Department’s payment file and Revenue’s payment file for the Temporary Covid-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme.
  • A prior employment status check by comparing all claims for PUP against prior earnings and employment records from Revenue data.
  • As with other welfare schemes, the Department contacts recipients to ensure that they continue to satisfy the eligibility criteria of the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment. At the start of July the Department required all PUP recipients to confirm their eligibility in order to continue to receive the payment and issued several reminders to customers. (See above)
  • Data analytics.

Temporary Covid-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme

There are now over 69,500 employers who have registered with the Revenue Commissioners for the Temporary Covid-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS).  Workers whose employers have registered them on the scheme are not eligible to receive a Pandemic Unemployment Payment. In addition workers who were in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment but who have now been registered by their employers on the TWSS are no longer eligible to receive a Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

Covid-19 Enhanced Illness Benefit Payment

Since the beginning of July, 121 people have been medically certified with having Coronavirus while 1,679 others have been medically certified because they are medically self-isolating.

To date 54,100 people under age 66 have been medically certified for receipt of the Covid-19 Enhanced Illness Benefit.  Just over 7% (4,032) have been diagnosed with Covid-19 while almost 93% (50,068) were required to medically self-isolate.

The sector with the highest number of employees medically certified to receive Covid-19 Illness Benefit continues to be the Human Health and Social Work sector (11,900) followed by Wholesale and Retail Trade (11,500) and Manufacturing (7,400).  Full details are at Appendices 11, 12 and 13.

Minister Humphreys commented:

“The Enhanced Illness Benefit is paid for two weeks where a person is medically certified to self-isolate, and for a maximum of ten weeks where a person is medically certified as being diagnosed with Covid-19.

“Again, I want to re-assure workers that the Enhanced Illness Benefit is available to people who need to claim this payment.  This includes workers who are non-nationals and those living in Direct Provision.” 

www.MyWelfare.ie

The Department wishes to thank its customers for submitting the majority of applications through our online portal www.MyWelfare.ie. This is the quickest and easiest way to submit an application or close a Covid-19-Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

In the interests of the public health advice and observing social distancing people are asked, if at all possible not to attend their local Intreo Centre. Instead, they should avail of the online services available through www.MyWelfare.ie.

Appendix 1 –    Analysis of Pandemic Unemployment Payments by County

Appendix 2 –   Pandemic Unemployment Payments by Sector

Appendix 3 –    Pandemic Unemployment Payments by Age Profile

Appendix 4 –    Pandemic Unemployment Payment Rates by gender

Appendix 5 –    Pandemic Unemployment Payment Rates by age

Appendix 6 –    Analysis of People who Closed their PUP Claim to Return to Work

Appendix 7 –    Analysis of Closed Pandemic Unemployment Payments by Sector

Appendix 8 –    Analysis of Closed Pandemic Unemployment Payments Age Profile

Appendix 9 – Analysis of Pandemic Unemployment Payments recipients who closed their claim since start of Phase 1  and who are currently receiving the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme Sector breakdown

Appendix 10 – Age Profile of people who closed their Pandemic Unemployment Payment to return to work since 18th May and receiving Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme

Appendix 11 – Enhanced Illness Benefit Payments by County

Appendix 12 – Enhanced Illness Benefit Payments by Sector

Appendix 13 – Enhanced Illness Benefit Payments Age Profile

 

Appendix 1 – Analysis of Pandemic Unemployment Payments

This week a total of 262,500 people are in receipt of a Pandemic Unemployment Payment, of which 122,700 are female and 139,800 are male. Numbers contained in all appendices are rounded to the nearest hundred.

County Breakdown

County Number of people in receipt of a Pandemic Unemployment Payment on 11th August Number of people in receipt of a Pandemic Unemployment Payment on 4th August Number of people in receipt of Pandemic Unemployment Payment on 5th May  
Carlow 3,000 3,200 7,800  
Cavan 3,600 3,800 9,700  
Clare 5,800 6,000 14,600  
Cork 25,000 26,300 61,900  
Donegal 8,100 8,500 22,700  
Dublin 91,500 95,100 174,200  
Galway 13,900 14,600 32,300  
Kerry 8,200 8,700 22,200  
Kildare 11,900 12,300 26,100  
Kilkenny 4,000 4,200 10,600  
Laois 3,600 3,700 8,600  
Leitrim 1,500 1,700 4,100  
Limerick 10,100 10,600 22,300  
Longford 1,900 1,900 4,500  
Louth 8,000 8,300 17,300  
Mayo 6,000 6,400 16,400  
Meath 10,500 11,100 25,000  
Monaghan 3,300 3,400 8,200  
Offaly 3,500 3,600 8,900  
Roscommon 2,800 2,900 7,100  
Sligo 3,000 3,200 7,700  
Tipperary 7,600 8,000 18,800  
Waterford 5,600 5,800 14,100  
Westmeath 4,700 4,900 11,700  
Wexford 7,000 7,500 20,500  
Wicklow 8,000 8,400 18,700  
County not included 400 500 2,000  
Total 262,500 274,600 598,000  

 Appendix 2 – Pandemic Unemployment Payments – Sector Breakdown

The sector with the highest number of people in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment is Accommodation and Food Service Activities (55,100), followed by Wholesale and Retail Trade (37,200) and Administrative and Support Service activities (26,400). The largest weekly drop was in Accommodation and Food Service activities (4,100) followed Wholesale and Retail Trade, Repair of Motor Vehicles and Motorcycles (1,600).

Sector Breakdown

 

 

 

 

 

Industrial Sector

Number of people in receipt of Pandemic Unemployment Payment on

11th August

Number of people in receipt of Pandemic Unemployment Payment on

          4th August

Number of people in receipt of Pandemic Unemployment Payment on

5th May

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Mining and Quarrying 3,800 3,900 8,600
Manufacturing 14,300 14,800 37,400
Electricity, gas supply; Water supply, sewerage and waste management 1,000 1,000 2,100
Construction 22,100 23,000 79,300
Wholesale and Retail Trade; Repair of Motor Vehicles and motorcycles 37,200 38,800 90,300
Transportation and storage 10,600 10,900 17,900
Accommodation and food service activities 55,100 59,200 128,500
Information and communication activities 7,600 7,800 11,800
Financial and insurance activities 6,600 6,800 12,500
Real Estate activities 3,900 4,100 8,100
Professional, Scientific and Technical activities 12,900 13,300 24,800
Administrative and support service activities 26,400 27,200 45,800
Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security 6,200 6,400 14,400
Education 15,500 15,900 22,000
Human Health And Social Work activities 11,100 11,600 22,500
Arts, entertainment and recreation 6,900 7,400 14,200
Other Sectors 12,100 12,900 39,200
Unclassified or unknown 9,200 9,600 18,600
Total 262,500  

274,600

598,000

Appendix 3 – Pandemic Unemployment Payment – Age Profile

Age category Number of people in receipt of Pandemic Unemployment Payment on 11th August Number of people in receipt of Pandemic Unemployment Payment

on 4th August

< 25 53,800 56,900
25-34 59,300 62,300
35-44 59,000 61,700
45-54 49,900 51,900
55+ 40,500 41,800
Total 262,500  

274,600

Appendix 4 – Pandemic Unemployment Payment Rates breakdown by gender

There are 71,200 people receiving €203 this week, while the remainder (191,300) are receiving a payment of €350.

Gender Number of people in receipt of €350 on 11th August Number of people in receipt of €203 on 11th August
Male 105,300 34,500
Female 86,000 36,700
Total 191,300 71,200

 

 

Appendix 5 – Pandemic Unemployment Payment Rates breakdown by age

Age category

 

Number of people in receipt of €350 on  11th August Number of people in receipt of €203 on 11th August
< 25 35,900 17,900
25-34 47,500 11,800
35-44 44,400 14,600
45-54 36,000 13,900
55+ 27,500 13,000
Total 191,300 71,200

Appendix 6 – Analysis of Closed PUP payments to return to Work

Around 8,400 people who have closed their account for return to work since 1st August will receive a Pandemic Unemployment Payment tomorrow, 11th August.   Of these, 4,300 are male and 4,100 are female.

 

County Breakdown

County Number of people who closed their Pandemic Unemployment Payment from

11th August

Number of people who closed their Pandemic Unemployment Payment from

4th August

Carlow 100 100
Cavan 200 100
Clare 200 200
Cork 800 1,000
Donegal 300 300
Dublin 2,300 2,200
Galway 500 500
Kerry 300 300
Kildare 400 400
Kilkenny 200 200
Laois 100 100
Leitrim 100 100
Limerick 300 300
Longford 100 100
Louth 300 200
Mayo 200 200
Meath 300 300
Monaghan 100 100
Offaly 100 100
Roscommon 100 100
Sligo 100 100
Tipperary 200 300
Waterford 200 200
Westmeath 200 200
Wexford 300 300
Wicklow 300 200
County not included 100 100
Total 8,400 8,300

 Appendix 7 – Closed Pandemic Unemployment Payments – Sector Breakdown

The top three sectors from which employees closed their Pandemic Unemployment Payment in the week ending 11th August are Accommodation and Food Service Activities (2,300); and Retail Trade; Repair of Motor Vehicles and motorcycles (1,100), and Construction (700).

 

 

 

 

Industrial Sector

 

 

Number of people who closed their Pandemic Unemployment Payment from 11th August 

 

 

Number of people who closed their Pandemic Unemployment Payment from 4th August 

 

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Mining and Quarrying 100 100
Manufacturing 500 400
Electricity, gas supply; Water supply, sewerage and waste management 0 0
Construction 700 700
Wholesale and Retail Trade; Repair of Motor Vehicles and motorcycles 1,100 1,100
Transportation and storage 300 200
Accommodation and food service activities 2,300 2,600
Information and communication activities 300 200
Financial and insurance activities 200 200
Real Estate activities 100 100
Professional, Scientific and Technical activities 400 300
Administrative and support service activities 600 600
Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security 200 200
Education 300 300
Human Health And Social Work activities 400 300
Arts, entertainment and recreation 300 300
Other Sectors 400 500
Unclassified or unknown 200 200
Total  

8,400

8,300

Appendix 8 – Closed Pandemic Unemployment Payments – Age Profile

 

Age category  

Number of people who closed their Pandemic Unemployment Payment from 11th August 

Number of people who closed their Pandemic Unemployment Payment from 4th August 
< 25 1,900 2,100
25-34 2,100 1,900
35-44 1,800 1,900
45-54 1,500 1,400
55+ 1,100 1,000
Total  

8,400

8,300

Appendix 9 – Analysis of Pandemic Unemployment Payments Recipients who closed their claim since start of Phase 1 and who are currently receiving the  Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS) – Sector Breakdown

Since the start of Phase 1 on 18th May, 90,600 people have closed their claims for the Pandemic Unemployment Payment for reasons of returning to work and are currently being subsidised by the Government’s Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS). Of this total 48,200 are female and 42,400 are male.

The top three sectors from which people closed their Pandemic Unemployment Payment who are currently receiving the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme are Accommodation and Food Service Activities (33,300); Wholesale and Retail Trade; Repair of Motor Vehicles and motorcycles (17,100) and Construction (9,500). Details follow.

Sector Breakdown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Industrial Sector

 

 

Number of people who

closed their Pandemic Unemployment payment

for return to work

reasons since 18th May

and receiving the TWSS on

11th August

 

 

Number of people who closed their Pandemic Unemployment payment for return to work reasons since 18th May and receiving the TWSS on 4th August

 
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Mining and Quarrying 500 600  
Manufacturing 6,200 7,900  
Electricity, gas supply; Water supply, sewerage and waste management 100 100  
Construction 9,500 10,400  
Wholesale and Retail Trade; Repair of Motor Vehicles and motorcycles 17,100 18,700  
Transportation and storage 1,200 1,300  
Accommodation and food service activities 33,300 35,100  
Information and communication activities 700 700  
Financial and insurance activities 600 500  
Real Estate activities 1,300 1,300  
Professional, Scientific and Technical activities 2,300 2,600  
Administrative and support service activities 2,400 2,700  
Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security 400 400  
Education 1,100 1,100  
Human Health And Social Work activities 2,600 2,800  
Arts, entertainment and recreation 2,800 2,400  
Other Sectors 8,400 8,200  
Unclassified or unknown 100 100  
Total  

90,600

 

96,900

 

Appendix 10 – Age Profile of people who closed their Pandemic Unemployment Payment to return to work since 18th May and receiving TWSS

Age category  

Number of people who closed their Pandemic Unemployment Payment for return to work reasons since May 18th and who are in receipt of the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme at 11th August

< 25 21,300
25-34 21,800
35-44 22,300
45-54 15,600
55+ 9,600
Total  

90,600

Appendix 11 – Analysis of Covid-19 Enhanced Illness Benefit

There are 54,100 people medically certified for receipt of a Covid-19 related Illness Benefit payment, of whom 30,200 are female and 23,900 are male.

For 150 people the date of their first certificate was issued in August 2020, of which 14 have been certified for Covid-19.

The following Table shows the number of people medically certified for meeting the conditions for receipt of a Covid-19 Enhanced Illness Benefit payment, by start date entered on the medical certificate.

The number of people medically certified with having Coronavirus is given in brackets and is included in the weekly overall figure shown.

 

Certificate start date August 11th
Before March 2020 200  (7)
March 2020 31,100 (990)
April 2020 14,500 (2,025)
May 2020 5,000 (764)
June 2020 1,500 (125)
July 2020 1,650 (107)
August 2020 (to date) 150(14)
Total 54,100 (4,032)

County Breakdown (based on the county recorded on the Illness Benefit certificate)

County Number of people who are medically certified for receipt of Enhanced Illness Benefit on

11th August

Number of people who are medically certified for receipt of Enhanced Illness Benefit on 4th August   
Carlow 700 700  
Cavan 1,400 1,400  
Clare 1,000 1,000  
Cork 6,200 6,200  
Donegal 1,200 1,200  
Dublin 15,600 15,400  
Galway 3,300 3,300  
Kerry 1,100 1,100  
Kildare 2,700 2,600  
Kilkenny 1,100 1,100  
Laois 900 900  
Leitrim 200 200  
Limerick 1,900 1,800  
Longford 500 500  
Louth 1,600 1,600  
Mayo 1,300 1,300  
Meath 2,100 2,100  
Monaghan 800 800  
Offaly 900 900  
Roscommon 900 800  
Sligo 500 500  
Tipperary 1,800 1,800  
Waterford 1,600 1,600  
Westmeath 1,000 1,000  
Wexford 1,800 1,700  
Wicklow 1,700 1,700  
Other (NI & Foreign Address) 300 300  
Total 54,100 53,500  

Appendix 12 – Covid-19 Enhanced Illness Benefit – Sector Breakdown

The sector with the highest number of people medically certified for receipt of a Covid-19 Illness Benefit payment is Human Health and Social Work (11,900), followed by Wholesale and Retail Trade (11,500) and Manufacturing (7,400).

Sector Breakdown

 

 

 

Industrial Sector

Number of people who are medically certified for receipt of Enhanced Illness Benefit on

11th August

Number of people who are medically certified for receipt of Enhanced Illness Benefit on

4th August

 
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Mining and Quarrying 500 500  
Manufacturing 7,400 7,300  
Electricity, gas, steam supply; Water supply; Sewerage, waste management 300 300  
Construction 2,100 2,200  
Wholesale and Retail Trade; Repair of Motor Vehicles and motorcycles 11,500 11,400  
Transportation and storage 2,100 2,100  
Accommodation and food service activities 2,200 2,100  
Information and communication activities 900 900  
Financial and insurance activities 2,300 2,200  
Real Estate activities 500 400  
Professional, Scientific and Technical activities 1,800 1,700  
Administrative and support service activities 5,300 5,300  
Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security 2,200 2,200  
Education 900 900  
Human Health And Social Work activities 11,900 11,800  
Arts, entertainment and recreation 300 300  
Other Sectors 1,500 1,500  
Unclassified or unknown 400 400  
Total 54,100 53,500  

 Appendix 13 – Enhanced Illness Benefit – Age Profile

Age category Number of people medically certified to receive Enhanced Illness Benefit on 11th August
< 25 6,200
25-34 13,100
35-44 15,300
45-54 11,500
55+ 8,000
Total 54,100

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Good news for almost 1,000 people as two Cork water supplies are removed from the EPA’s remedial action list





Almost 1,000 water consumers in Co Cork received good news this week following the removal of two water supplies by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from their Remedial Action List (RAL).

The RAL identifies drinking water supplies that are ‘at risk’ of failing to consistently supply safe, clean drinking water. The Ballingeary and Kealkill public water supplies have been given the thumbs up by the EPA following upgrade works by Irish Water working in partnership with Cork County Council.

Kealkill (serving 701 customers) and Ballingeary (239 customers) had both been listed on the RAL as the treatment systems were inadequate due to the formation of trihalomethanes (THMs) and other contaminants.

To address this, Irish Water and Cork County Council carried out extensive upgrade works at both plants over the past year to improve the water treatment and monitoring processes. As a result, the people of Kealkill and Ballingeary can enjoy a much better quality of drinking water that is fully compliant with drinking water standards.

Paul Cremin, Regional Delivery Lead with Irish Water commented: “We are pleased to confirm that both Ballingeary and Kealkill have now been removed from the Remedial Action List, giving assurance to the people of both communities that they have a clean, safe and reliable supply of drinking water.

“The publication of the latest RAL by the EPA confirms that whilst improvements have been made in many areas, the scale of the challenge faced by Irish Water in ensuring the delivery of clean and safe water in Cork and throughout the country remains. As a single national utility we have been able to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the performance of Ireland’s drinking water treatment plants and focus investment where the risk to our customers is highest. Significant improvements are being achieved year on year by this approach right across the country.”

Irish Water is committed to ensuring that all of its customers have safe, clean drinking water. It is working in partnership with Local Authorities to address the issues affecting the water supplies which remain on the RAL and to bring them to a standard where the EPA determines that they can be removed.
The RAL is updated quarterly by the EPA for those water supplies where investment in treatment processes is required. Irish Water has a prioritised programme of investment for all schemes on the RAL.


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Retail Excellence supports the wearing of face coverings in retail





Retail Excellence welcomes the new regulations around the wearing of face coverings in retail outlets and is looking for the support of the public to ensure these changes are implemented fully.

Commenting on the new regulations, Duncan Graham, Managing Director of Retail Excellence said: “Since the Taoiseach announced over 2 weeks ago about the compulsory wearing of face coverings in retail, compliance has steadily improved. We take our responsibilities seriously and will be looking for the support of the public to help make shopping safe for all.”

Since the start of the pandemic retailers have been working hard, training staff and changing their operations to provide a safe and secure shopping environment for all.

About Retail Excellence
Established in 1995, Retail Excellence is owned by the members, for the members. We are an organisation which invests in innovative and exciting learning, market intelligence, human resources services, Government representation and member networking initiatives. Retail Excellence has over 2,200 leading retail company members with over 13,000 stores in Ireland. Our members are the most progressive and innovative retailers. Retail Excellence is by far the largest retail industry body in Ireland.


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Sod turned on Social Housing Development in Baile Bhuirne





Cllr Gobnait Moynihan, deputising for the Mayor of the County of Cork has turned the sod on a new development of social housing at Páirc an Dochtúra, Baile Bhúirne, Co Chorcaí.

The development between the approved housing body Comhlacht Tithe Sóisialta & Forbairt an tSuláin Teo and Droumleigh Construction Ltd., will see the construction of three houses providing long-term accommodation for social needs. Cork County Council, as the sanctioning authority for the project, assisted in securing funding to the value of €683,595 from the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government through the Capital Assistance Scheme.

Welcoming the development, Conchúr Ó Murchú, Cathaoirleach of Comhlacht Tithe Sóisialta & Forbairt an tSuláin Teo praised the relationship between Cork County Council and Comhlacht Tithe Sóisialta & Forbairt an tSuláin Teo. He said “The development will allow older people to live in their own area for as long as possible and enjoy a high quality of life through established connections with the community.”

Cllr Gobnait Moynihan, deputising for the Mayor of the County of Cork, commented: “These much needed homes will help to meet social housing needs locally for older members of our community. This development will contribute positively to the vibrant and welcoming community of Baile Bhuirne and Gaeltacht Mhuscraí.”

Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey, added: “This is one of many housing schemes that Cork County Council is making available to the people of Cork County. This is indicative of the progress being made in the delivery of high quality housing throughout the county. We have surpassed our 3 year construction targets for 2018-2020 and despite the impact of Covid19 restrictions, Cork County Council has taken a proactive approach to ensure the continuation of delivery, complying with all relevant protocols and safety measures.”

Comhlacht Tithe Sóisialta & Forbairt an tSuláin Teo is a non-profit organisation located in Gaeltacht Mhúscraí, near Macroom. It has previously developed 19 social houses at Cois Cille and The Old Creamery in Cill na Martra, Cois Locha in Cúil Aodha and Páirc an Dochtúra in Baile Mhúirne together with day centres in Cill na Martra and Baile Mhúire. These facilities are used regularly for a diverse range of activities to improve the lives of the elderly and local people in Gaeltacht Mhuscraí.

Building is expected to commence immediately with the properties available in 2021, for older people from Cork County Council’s Housing List in need of social housing in Gaeltacht Mhúscraí.


Thar ceann an Mhéara Chontae Chorcaí, Chas Comhairleoir Gobnait Moynihan an fód ar fhorbairt nua tithíocht shóisialta i bPáirc an Dochtúra, Baile Bhuirne, Co Chorcaí.

Mar thoradh ar an bhforbairt idir an comhlacht tithíochta ceadaithe Comhlacht Tithe Sóisialta & Forbairt an tSuláin Teo agus Droumleigh Construction Ltd., tógfar trí theach a thabharfaidh cóiríocht fhadtéarmach do riachtanais shóisialta. Chabhraigh Comhairle Contae Chorcaí, mar údarás ceadaithe an tionscadail, le maoiniú de luach €683,595 a fháil ón Roinn Tithíochta, Pleanála, Pobail agus Rialtais Áitiúil tríd an Scéim Cúnaimh Chaipitil.

Ag fáiltiú dó roimh an bhforbairt, mhol Conchúr Ó Murchú, Cathaoirleach Chomhlacht Tithe Sóisialta & Forbairt an tSuláin Teo an caidreamh idir Comhairle Contae Chorcaí agus Comhlacht Tithe Sóisialta & Forbairt an tSuláin Teo. Dúirt sé “Ligfidh an fhorbairt do dhaoine scothaosta maireachtáil ina gceantar féin chomh fada agus is féidir agus taitneamh a bhaint as ardchaighdeán beatha trí naisc bhunaithe leis an bpobal.”

Dúirt an Comhairleoir Gobnait Moynihan, mar ionadaí do Mhéara Chontae Chorcaí, “Cabhróidh na tithe seo, a bhfuil géarghá leo, freastal ar riachtanais tithíochta sóisialta go háitiúil do dhaoine scothaosta inár bpobal. Cuirfidh an fhorbairt seo go dearfach le pobal beoga fáilteach Bhaile Bhuirne agus Gaeltachta Mhúscraí.”

Dúirt Príomhfheidhmeannach Chomhairle Contae Chorcaí, Tim Lucey, “Tá sé seo ar cheann de go leor scéimeanna tithíochta atá á chur ar fáil ag Comhairle Contae Chorcaí do mhuintir Chontae Chorcaí. Léiríonn sé seo ar an dul chun cinn atá á dhéanamh i seachadadh tithíochta ardchaighdeáin ar fud an chontae. Táimid tar éis ár spriocanna tógála 3 bliana do 2018-2020 a shárú agus in ainneoin thionchar srianta Covid19, tá cur chuige réamhghníomhach glactha ag Comhairle Contae Chorcaí lena chinntiú go leanfar den seachadadh, ag comhlíonadh na bprótacal agus na mbeart sábháilteachta ábhartha go léir.”

Eagraíocht neamhbhrabúis atá lonnaithe i nGaeltacht Mhúscraí, in aice le Maigh Chromtha is ea Comhlacht Tithe Sóisialta & Forbairt an tSuláin Teo. D’fhorbair sé 19 teach sóisialta roimhe seo ag Cois Cille agus The Old Creamery i gCill na Martra, Cois Locha i gCúil Aodha agus Páirc an Dochtúra i mBaile Bhuirne mar aon le hionaid lae i gCill na Martra agus Baile Bhuirne. Úsáidtear na háiseanna seo go rialta le haghaidh réimse éagsúil gníomhaíochtaí chun saol daoine scothaosta agus daoine áitiúla i nGaeltacht Mhúscraí a fheabhsú.

Meastar go dtosóidh an tógáil láithreach, agus beidh na háitribh ar fáil i 2021, do dhaoine scothaosta ó Liosta Tithíochta Chomhairle Contae Chorcaí a bhfuil tithíocht shóisialta de dhíth orthu i nGaeltacht Mhúscraí.


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Up to €25,000 available to help businesses re-open, get people back to work





The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar T.D. today opened applications to the Restart Grant Plus Scheme, which gives grants to businesses to help them reopen.

The Restart Grant Plus is a key part of the government’s July Stimulus package, a €7.4bn package of measures designed to stimulate a jobs-led recovery and build economic confidence while continuing to manage the impact of Covid-19.

Speaking today, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said:

“We must do everything we can to help businesses reopen and get people back to work. We are increasing the Restart Grant Plus, which means that small and medium sized businesses can now get between €4,000 and €25,000 to help them get back on their feet after what has been an exceptionally difficult time.

“Hairdressers, sports clubs, cafes, restaurants and several other businesses can use this money to help with the costs associated with re-opening and adapting to what is a very different environment. This is just one of several actions the Government is taking as part of the July Stimulus to help businesses.”

Key changes to the Restart Grant Plus Scheme:

€300m additional funding in addition to €250m previously committed
Grant amount has increased substantially. Minimum grant is now €4,000 and maximum is €25,000. Previous grant amounts were €2,000 and €10,000 respectively

Medium sized companies now eligible Companies with up to 250 employees can now apply (previously the grant was for companies with less than 50 employees)
Increased eligibility Non-rateable B&Bs, sports clubs with commercial activities and trading charity shops are now eligible
Businesses that received a grant under the first scheme can re-apply to local authorities to receive additional funding. For first-time applicants under Restart Plus, the minimum grant is €4,000 and the maximum is €25,000.

Notes: 

Interested businesses can apply through their local authority, more information available here.

Applications to Fáilte Ireland, who will administer the funding to non-rate paying B&Bs, will open over the coming weeks.

To qualify for a grant, the important criteria are:

  • A business must be commercial and in the local authority rates system (apart from non-rateable B&Bs who can apply to Fáilte Ireland);
  • It must have suffered a 25% loss of expected turnover between 1 April and 30 June 2020;
  • It must have less than 250 employees and turnover less than €25m; 
  • It must declare its intention to re-employ staff in receipt of the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme

Further details about the Restart Grant

  • The grant will be based on the amount of the rates assessment for the premises for 2019 (excluding arrears) with a new minimum grant of €4,000 and a maximum grant of €25,000(Increased from €2,000 min and €10,000 max).
  • Eligible firms now include medium-sized firms and independent hotels with up to 250 employees, as well as small firms (increased from 50 employees).
  • Businesses impacted by a 25% reduction in turnover will be eligible provided they commit to reopening and to hiring and sustaining employment.
  • A turnover of up to €25m is now allowable, increased from €5m. There is a cap of €100,000 turnover per employee.
  • Commercial sports businesses and trading charity shops in rated premises can now apply for the grant.
  • The hospitality sector, restaurants, pubs, activity centres and tourist attractions, e.g., galleries, museums are eligible if they are operating from a rated premise.
  • B&Bs in non-rated premises will be eligible to apply for the minimum €4,000 grant from Fáilte Ireland.
  • A franchisee which is a financially independent company and is completely separate to the franchisor is eligible to apply.
  • Small company chains can apply if they meet the criteria of <250 employees and €25m turnover in totality across the company and all the branches.
  • Multinationals are not eligible. Small Irish based subsidiaries with overseas parent companies are not eligible.
  • Large chains that are part of a large group company, i.e. one legal entity with a number of branches, such as fast food, group and multiple supermarkets, group hotels, group betting shops and group pharmacies are not eligible.

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A total of 68 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland – No further deaths reported today





Today the HPSC confirms a further 68 cases of COVID-19 in the Republic of Ireland.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases in Ireland to 26,712.

No further deaths are being reported today.

Statement from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre:

There have been no new deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today.

There has now been a total of 1,772 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Saturday 8th August, the HPSC has been notified of 68 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 26,712 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today;

  • 37 are men / 31 are women
  • 82% are under 45 years of age
  • 41 are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 2 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 19 cases are located in Kildare, 17 in Dublin, 15 in Offaly, 12 in Laois and 5 in Donegal.

The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “We continue to see cases linked to the outbreaks in counties where additional public health measures have been introduced. This was expected and we will continue to monitor closely.

“From tomorrow face coverings will be mandatory in retail and other indoor settings like hairdressers, cinemas and museums. We know that most people are already wearing face coverings and we hope to see even greater uptake over the coming days.

“Time and again people have shown their willingness to follow public health guidance in the interest of protecting each other from this disease. Wearing a face covering is just one more way in which people can demonstrate their solidarity with one another as we seek to suppress the spread of COVID-19.”


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