The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage and local Fingal TD, Darragh O’Brien has said that the new pilot grant scheme to help boost the night time economy in Ireland will be of benefit to pubs, nightclubs and cafés in Fingal.
The new Night-Time Economy Support Scheme (NTESS) provides funding of €2.6 million to pubs, nightclubs, cafés and other suitable licenced/unlicensed premises to support the provision of entertainment during off-peak times. The aim is to promote an increase in footfall in cities, towns and villages as well as providing artists with paying gigs and customers with a more alternative, diverse and inclusive night-time offering.
Commenting he said, “This scheme aims to attract people in to our towns and cities later in the evening and night time by offering a range of cultural activities, in a variety of venues. A maximum grant of €10,000 per application will be available for events such as music, comedy, dance, literature, poetry, theatrical productions, plays, craft and art exhibitions.
“I and my Department are working alongside Minister Catherine Martin and the Department of Tourism to implement the recommendations of the Night-Time Economy Taskforce and to support and develop a thriving environment at night in our cities and rural towns. We are examining planning and development-related actions that will ultimately help our towns and cities become safer, vibrant and more attractive at night, something which we all want to see,” he concluded.