New scheme will increase outdoor dining capacity in Dublin


A new scheme delivered in partnership between Fáilte Ireland and South Dublin County Council will help tourism and hospitality businesses in Dublin Mid-West to develop and increase their outdoor seating capacity, a Fine Gael TD has said.

Funding allocated under the scheme will also enable Local Authorities to develop permanent outdoor public dining spaces in towns and urban centres across the country, similar to those that exist in various European cities.   

Deputy Emer Higgins said: “As all our local businesses prepare for an outdoor summer, I am delighted to see the announcement of the outdoor dining scheme, that will allow businesses to apply for grants of up to €4,000.

“Developing outdoor dining and socialising spaces will help to improve the vibrancy in our towns and bring them more in line with the European model. This is a key commitment in our new policy.

“Today’s announcement regarding the new Outdoor Dining Scheme has two aims. It will enable individual tourism and hospitality businesses to increase their dining and seating capacity in the short-term and will also create a long-term strategy for our local authority to develop appropriate, permanent, weatherproofed outdoor dining infrastructure in Dublin Mid-West

“This will support jobs and businesses and transform appropriate local  outdoor spaces across as welcoming, vibrant places that will help support economic recovery.” 

Sarah Brooks

Sarah Brooks

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