Fine Gael TD for Meath East, Regina Doherty, has said that payments of €5,000 for small businesses in Meath East affected by flooding are due to be paid before Christmas.
Doherty, pictured above with Minister Harris and Cllr Alan Tobin, said “Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney and Minister for the OPW, Simon Harris have announced that small businesses in Meath with up to 20 employees and who are not covered by flood insurance, are to receive emergency humanitarian support.
“The scheme will commence immediately, meaning that businesses will qualify for up to €5,000 aid which is expected to be issued before Christmas. It is expected that this will meet the needs for the majority of small businesses. The application process is designed to be as straight forward as possible for businesses.
“Earlier this year I joined Fine Gael Cllr for Ashbourne, Alan Tobin, in welcoming Minister Harris to Ashbourne to see first-hand the damage and persistent flooding risks which our town faces. Work has been ongoing for the last year to ensure that Meath sees adequate protection and that we never again have to see flooding damage like that which we saw last year.
“In the event that businesses have incurred significant damages above €5,000, further support of up to €15,000 will be available, bringing to €20,00 the maximum payment available. The application for the second payment will be a more lengthy process and will require a detailed assessment.
“I hope this scheme will go some way towards alleviating the hardship suffered by small businesses affected by flooding. I have seen at first hand the effects of this flooding and the costs that businesses must incur in order to get back up and running.
“This money will help small businesses in Meath to reopen as soon as possible. It will assist with the replacement of flooring, fixtures, fittings and damaged stock.
“The scheme will be administered by the Irish Red Cross and only businesses who could not secure flood insurance are eligible.
“Businesses in Meath are determined to get back on their feet as soon as possible and I hope that by introducing this scheme quickly, normal life can resume that little bit sooner.”