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Minister confirms extension of allocation of €5m fund for small businesses which suffered property damage in flooding

The Minister for Defence, Mr. Simon Coveney T.D., has announced the expansion of the criteria for eligibility for small businesses affected by recent flooding to make a claim under the temporary emergency humanitarian support scheme which is being administered by the Irish Red Cross.

In establishing the scheme, the nature of the emergency response required an immediate payment to be made to the applicant to allow the business to recover quickly and continue trading. This was done on verification by the relevant local authority that the business was flooded and was trading in premises subject to commercial rates. This restriction has excluded a very small number of businesses who were trading at the time of the flood and suffered flood damage to their premises but were not in occupation of rateable premises.

The Minister confirmed that in the case of businesses which were not in a premises subject to commercial rates, the applicant can supply a tax clearance certificate to the Irish Red Cross, or where this is not available, recent correspondence from Revenue showing a tax registration number.

Welcoming the decision, the Minister for Defence, said “I have visited a number of areas in the country and have seen the damage caused to many business premises as a result of the recent floods. This expansion of the scheme is further indication of the Governments continued support to alleviating some of the damage caused to the business community”.

The Minister also confirmed that the closing date for acceptance of completed application forms has been extended to 21 February 2016. The Minister again thanked the Irish Red Cross for their continued co-operation in administering the scheme.
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