A new scheme aimed at boosting the hospitality sector across Laois by developing and increasing their outdoor seating capacity has been launched.
So says Fine Gael TD Charlie Flanagan who was speaking in relation to a scheme which delivered in partnership between Fáilte Ireland and Laois County Council.
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 Flanagan said: “Earlier this week, government launched a new policy entitled Our Rural Future, the most ambitious and transformational policy for rural development in decades.
“Developing outdoor dining and socialising spaces will help to improve the vibrancy of our towns across Laois and Offaly 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 the constituency.
“This will support jobs and businesses and transform appropriate outdoor spaces across Laois and Offaly as welcoming, vibrant places that will help support economic recovery.”