Minister for Tourism Catherine Martin T.D and Fáilte Ireland have today (Wednesday 8 September) announced the locations of 38 permanent outdoor dining facilities to be developed nationwide. 19 counties are set to benefit under the scheme, with almost nine million euro allocated.
Fáilte Ireland’s Outdoor Dining Enhancement Scheme opened for applications in March 2021, and all local authorities were invited to apply to Fáilte Ireland for funding.
The scheme comprises two parts. Part one – Outdoor Seating and Accessories – supports individual hospitality businesses with grants of up to €4,000 for seating, tables and outdoor accessories.
Today’s news relates to part two, Local Authority Weatherproofing and Outdoor Dining Enhancement, which focuses on the development of streets and public spaces. This development will facilitate outdoor dining in urban tourism centres, enabling access to outdoor seating for extended periods throughout the year.
Minister Catherine Martin said: “Access to outdoor dining facilities will continue to be a key part of industry recovery as we look forward to 2022 and beyond. This scheme further strengthens the Government’s deep commitment to develop tourism and necessary infrastructure nationwide.”
All Local Authorities were invited to apply to Fáilte Ireland for funding. The closing date for receipt of applications is September 30th 2021. To apply or find more information, click here.