COVID-19 Products Scheme

COVID-19 Products Scheme

As a direct response to the global pandemic, the COVID-19 Products Scheme enables targeted State support for research and production of COVID-19 related products in Ireland. If you are an existing IDA Ireland client, please contact your Account Executive to discuss.  If you are a first time investor in Ireland, please email us at idaireland@ida.ie

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GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS – COMPANIES

The Government of Ireland has put in place a range of supports to assist businesses impacted by COVID-19. If you wish to discuss any of these supports, IDA Ireland clients should contact their Account Executive directly.
Alternatively, the Government’s Enterprise Information Centre can be contacted on +353 1 6312002 or by email at infobusinesssupport@enterprise.gov.ie

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Government Business Supports

The remaining supports available to businesses impacted by the pandemic, following the lifting of nearly all restrictions in January, are listed on the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment website. Further advice for employers and employees on available supports can be found here

Ireland’s Economic Recovery Plan sets out the Government’s plan to support the full resumption of economic activity. The full Plan can be downloaded here, and an overview of key points is available here
 

Ireland’s Economic Recovery Plan 2021

Return to Workplaces

From Monday 24th January 2022, a return to physical attendance at workplaces was permitted on a phased basis appropriate to each sector. 

The Transitional Protocol: Good Practice Guidance for Continuing to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19, published by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, is the current guidance for the safe operation of workplaces.
 

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Work Safely Protocol

The Health and Safety Authority has now updated its checklists and templates to correspond with the guidance in the Transitional Protocol, accessible here.

WORK SAFELY CHECKLIST

Remote Work in Ireland

With the phased return to workplaces underway, the Government has called on employers, in consultation with their employees, to finalise their long-term arrangements for blended or remote working.

To support employers with the adoption of remote working arrangements, the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment has published a checklist for working remotely, providing employers with a convenient way to navigate the adoption of remote working arrangements.

Additional Irish Government guidance in relation to remote working can be accessed here.
 

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Data Protection

The Data Protection Commission has published guidance on processing COVID-19 vaccination data in the context of employment. 

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Immigration 

The Irish Immigration Service (part of the Department of Justice) has published a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the impact of COVID-19 on immigration and international protection.

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Revenue Assistance

Revenue’s COVID-19 information and advice for taxpayers and agents provides information on Revenue services and tax and customs measures in place during the COVID-19 pandemic, including information on tax returns, COVID-19 support schemes and interest suspension arrangements. 

Revenue Advice

Banking and Credit Measures

The Central Bank of Ireland maintains a consumer hub which outlines the COVID-19 assistance measures that are available to businesses from the Irish banking sector. 

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COVID-19 Credit Guarantee Scheme

The COVID-19 Credit Guarantee Scheme, operated by the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) provides loans ranging from €10,000 to €1 million, for terms of up to five and a half years, with no security required for loans of up to €250,000. Financing is offered through a range of products, including term loans, working capital loans and overdrafts. The scheme is available to eligible SME and small mid-cap (up to 499 employees) businesses established in Ireland.  

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Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme

The Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) is an economy-wide enterprise support that provides a flat-rate subsidy to qualifying employers based on the numbers of eligible employees on the employer’s payroll, as well as gross pay to employees. The EWSS replaced the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme from 1 September 2020. It is expected to continue until 30 April 2022.

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Health Advice

The health and safety of our community during this period of unprecedented challenge is paramount. To help stop the spread of COVID-19, we ask all clients and stakeholders to closely monitor reliable sources for updates on the prevailing public health situation: 

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