Cabinet yesterday approved a scheme to support licenced and unlicenced premises across urban and rural Ireland. The programme will operate on a first come first served basis and will provide grant aid of up to €10,000 to those businesses wanting to promote the night-time economy on their premises.

Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton says its a very welcome scheme that will be open to pubs, restaurants and wine bars, nightclubs, and other suitable premises that operate in the Evening and Night-time Economy, who want to trial a series of events/cultural activities (minimum of four events) during off-peak times from Monday to Thursday (excluding weekends) from 6 pm onwards.

It will also be open to unlicenced premises, cafes, dry bars, local galleries and other suitable non- licenced premises, who want to trial a series of events/cultural activities (minimum of four events) in the later evening or night-time hours from 6pm, with a commitment to open until at least 9pm in the evening, from Monday to Sunday, the Galway based Minister explained.

The Report on the Night-Time Economy clearly states that pubs, clubs and other businesses have been among the worst affected by the pandemic. In addition, theatres, museums and other cultural institutions, and the artists and performers who contribute to the Night-Time Economy, have also been badly hit.

Minister Naughton says this new scheme is a means of injecting new life into this area of the economy and will benefit all the businesses, institutions and people involved.

Full details of the scheme can be found here https://ntess.tcagsm.gov.ie/.

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