Up to €20,000 emergency funding available for uninsured sports clubs and community groups in Kenmare and South West region has been welcomed by Minister Norma Foley TD.

 

Speaking on the announcement today, Minister Foley said she’s delighted that as of today, the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar TD has established a scheme to provide urgent support to uninsured small businesses and not-for-profit organisations who were affected by recent floods.

“This scheme, which will be operated through the Irish Red Cross Society, offers up to €20,000 to eligible businesses and organisations who do not have flood insurance and who have been affected by the terrible floods we saw earlier this year. This will help to ensure that these businesses are able to get back on their feet as quickly as possible.

“Communities have been heavily impacted by COVID-19, however, to face flood damages on top of these issues is even more challenging,” she said.

“It is my hope that this funding goes some way towards helping affected businesses and organisations get back on their feet.

“As significant as today’s announcement is, I know more must be done to help communities recover from recurring flooding issues. I will be working with the Tánaiste to ensure that we do all that we can to support businesses, as well as Minister of State with responsibility for the OPW, Patrick O’Donovan in order to find long-term solutions for these flooding issues.”

Danny Healy-Rae TD also welcomed the humanitarian support scheme announced.

“I welcome the humanitarian support scheme announced for flooding in Kenmare, Sneem and the South West and ask that the funds are easily accessible to those businesses, community groups and residential property owners who are urgently in need of it following the recent flooding.”