Extra funds to boost tourism in the three counties when the local lockdown ends
Over €6 million in additional supports is being made available for the midlands.
Businesses in Kildare, Laois and Offaly will be able to claim up to €5,000 extra as part of the Restart Plus Scheme, at a cost of between €3 and €4 million.
€1 million is being assigned to the Local Enterprise Offices, while an additional €1 million will be given to Fáilte Ireland to promote tourism when the local lockdown ends.
Public Expenditure Minister Michael McGrath says the government recognises the impact the restrictions have had on the local area:
Junior Agriculture Minister and Kildare South Fine Gael TD Martin Heydon has dismissed suggestions the measures are just tokens.
However, he's admitted the impact of the local lockdown has been significant in the affected counties: