Senator Garret Ahearn welcomes funding for two Tipperary projects for Outdoor Dining under the Local Authority Weatherproofing and Outdoor Dining Enhancement scheme. East Lane & Mary St Mall Clonmel is to receive €113,800 and Old Baker Street, Thurles is to receive €86,200.
Senator Garret Ahearn said “It’s fantastic news for Tipperary as we emerge from the pandemic, I think outdoor dining is something that we will be taking with us into the future. As a country, we had not embraced outdoor dining like other European countries, predominantly due to our weather. But the pandemic has shown us how to improvise and adapt. It’s fantastic to walk down streets of towns in Tipperary and see how so many restaurants and pubs have come up with fantastic ways to cater outdoors.
“This Scheme supports resilience and survival in the short term and the recovery of the tourism sector in the long-term. Outdoor dining and hospitality will now be a year-round feature of our hospitality offering and Tipperary businesses need to be supported to facilitate this. We have already seen the success of the first part of this Scheme, which provides individual businesses up to €4,000 towards the cost of outdoor seating. This second part of the Scheme being announced today is implemented in partnership with Local Authorities and will build on strengthening the outdoor dining offering around Ireland to help businesses towards sustainable recovery.”
“This is funded by the Department of Tourism and Fáilte Ireland with funding granted to 38 locations across the country for permanent Outdoor Dining facilities to be developed in 19 counties nationwide with almost €9million allocated.
“Fáilte Ireland’s Outdoor Dining Enhancement Scheme opened for applications in March 2021 and comprises two parts. Today’s announcement relates to Part Two of the Scheme. The aim of this Scheme is to support tourism and hospitality jobs and help businesses develop new ways of catering for domestic and international tourists outdoors. Access to outdoor dining facilities will continue to be a key part of industry recovery as we look forward to 2022 and beyond.
“The implementation of the Local Authority Weatherproofing and Outdoor Dining Enhancement scheme will be hugely beneficial for Tipperary, enhancing infrastructure in both Thurles and Clonmel allowing local hospitality businesses to adapt and develop their offering” Senator Garret Ahearn concluded