Madigan & Donohoe launch measures to support Ireland’s artistic & cultural life during Covid-19 Emergency

Initiative will encourage creativity for individuals, families & community wellbeing A range of specific measures to support the artistic and cultural life of the nation at this difficult time – with a particular focus on wellbeing through personal and community creativity – was announced today. The shut-down of cultural activity across the country is having […]

New Government webpage available to receive offers of Covid-19 assistance

The Office of Government Procurement recently launched a webpage to facilitate offers of assistance from businesses and other organisations that are seeking to provide supplies or services in support of the national response to Covid-19. The webpage is available at: gov.ie/covidsupplies Since Covid-19 arrived in Ireland, businesses and other organisations have been contacting Government and […]

Q1 Exchequer Returns highlight first impact of Covid-19 crisis on public finances

Today’s Exchequer returns show the first impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the public finances Tax revenues in March were nearly €1 billion lower than March last year, a decline of over 20 per cent Vat receipts were half the level they were last year, an unprecedented fall and an indication of the difficulties business […]

Minister Donohoe encourages employers to engage with COVID Wage Subsidy Scheme as uptake continues to grow

Almost 36,000 employers are now registered with Revenue for the Temporary COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme. Increase of 10,000 employers in 48 hours (since 8pm on Monday) Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD, has today (Thursday) encouraged employers whose businesses have been impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis to engage […]

Minister Donohoe announces release of €16 million of National Lottery money to support COVID-19 health efforts

Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD, today (Wednesday) welcomed the allocation of an additional €16m of National Lottery historic expired unclaimed prize money to Good Causes. This funding will be used to support the health sector respond to the COVID-19. The money was held in the National Lottery Fund, which […]

Govt announces 4 week extension to existing fuel allowance season

The Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty and the Minister for Finance & Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, today announced that the Government would be extending the Fuel Allowance season by four weeks – from Friday 10th April to Friday 8th May – in response to the COVID emergency. Speaking today, […]

Ministers remind companies that Income Support Scheme available for those affected by COVID crisis

Government Ministers are today (Monday) sending a message to employers who have been, or expect to be, hit by the COVID-19 crisis that a package of supports is available to assist them during this time of unprecedented difficulty. This is in the context of businesses considering future plans in light of recent public health guidance’.  The Minister for […]

Govt announces National Covid-19 Income Support Scheme

Cabinet also approves new public health measures on NPHET recommendations The Government has today announced a National Covid-19 Income Support Scheme to provide financial support to Irish workers and companies affected by the crisis. In summary: a temporary wage subsidy of 70% of take home pay up to a maximum weekly tax free amount of […]

Minister Donohoe welcomes ongoing work of the Credit Union sector to support members in difficulty due to COVID-19

The Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure & Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD, today (Monday) welcomed the ongoing work of the credit union sector to support members in difficulties due to COVID-19. The government continues to support credit unions as a provider of key services to their members, including access to income, savings, credit, and to […]

Support for businesses impacted by COVID 19 through commercial rates deferral

The Government has today  (20 March, 2020) agreed with local authorities that they should agree to defer rates payments due from the most immediately impacted businesses – primarily in the retail, hospitality, leisure and childcare sectors, for three months, until end-May.  This measure will be implemented by each local authority in its own area.  Recognising […]