Up to €20,000 in emergency funding will be made available for small businesses affected by flooding caused by Storm Ellen in Cork this week.

The funding will also be available to help community and sporting groups get back on their feet, as part of an extension to the Humanitarian Support Scheme.

"It's been a really tough week for the people of Skibbereen and West Cork," said Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar. "This flooding is an enormous blow at an already difficult time."

The original scheme was announced earlier this month to provide urgent funding to small businesses, community and voluntary organisations in the South West region who were affected by flooding due to heavy rainfall.  As a result of further damage caused by this week’s storm the scheme will be extended to other affected areas and the closing date for applications will also be extended.

It provides urgent funding to small businesses, sports clubs, community and voluntary organisations who could not secure flood insurance and have premises that have been damaged by recent exceptional weather events.

Minister of State for the OPW Patrick O’Donovan said he visited Skibbereen and saw the damage caused. "It is important that those that have been affected are supported and the extension of the Humanitarian Support Scheme will be of significant assistance to businesses in the town."