The Tánaiste has announced a package of measures for businesses in Kildare, following 'the disappointing news to extend restrictions' in the county.

"I realise how disappointing today's news will be for the people of Kildare," Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said in a statement. "It has been a devastating few months for business owners, their staff and families. By extending these restrictions now, we will avoid further, more damaging measures later on."

Mr Varadkar, who is Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, said the people of Kildare are making a sacrifice on behalf of the entire country, and "we are redoubling our efforts to help businesses."

The measures to help businesses in Kildare include:

Businesses will receive a further 20% top-up to the Restart Plus Grant, equivalent to a 40% uplift overall, bringing the new minimum grant to €5,600 and the maximum grant to €35,000.  

The local enterprise office in Kildare will step up assistance to impacted businesses. One to one specialist expertise and mentoring will be provided to impacted businesses, helping them reassess their financial plans.  A virtual 'Sustaining Business' open day will be held early next week.

Marketing Grants Marketing grants under the Technical Assistance for Micro Exporters programme will be reinforced to help businesses to get their message out that they are open for business. Up to €2,500 is available. A publicity campaign will be run locally to ensure businesses are aware of all the funding options available to them

Applications from Kildare for all existing schemes will continue to be prioritised

The Tánaiste said he is particularly concerned about small businesses and those in the hospitality sector. "I have asked the Local Enterprise Office to make a list of recommendations for further measures that Government can take to help businesses in Kildare to maximise trade over the next two weeks. I look forward to their recommendations. Government will do everything we can to help."