I welcome the news that Fáilte Ireland has announced a new €17 million Outdoor Dining Enhancement Scheme in partnership with Local Authorities. This scheme will be of benefit to many local restaurants and cafés as we return to outdoor dining over the coming months when restrictions allow.
The scheme will provide funding for tourism and hospitality businesses to develop and increase their outdoor seating capacity. The fund will also enable Local Authorities to develop permanent outdoor public dining spaces in towns.
I would encourage all eligible local businesses to apply for funding when it becomes available.