This dedicated page aims to bring you the most up-to-date information and advice on COVID-19, and the Irish Government response.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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The Government of Ireland continues to support small, medium and large businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19: Reframing the Challenge, Continuing our Recovery and Reconnecting sets out Ireland’s plan for the final phase of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Advice for employers and employees is available here
Ireland’s Economic Recovery Plan 2021, which details the Irish Government’s policy response to embed and support the recovery of our economy.
Attendance at work for specific business requirements may commence on a phased and staggered attendance basis from 20 September 2021.
The full list of public health measures coming into effect in September and October 2021 is now available.
The Work Safely Protocol includes Government advice to employers on the public health measures required to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the community and workplaces. Download a copy of the Work Safely Protocol here
IDA Ireland clients may be eligible to avail of the COVID-19 Business Continuity Support for support with implementing measures associated with the guidance in this protocol.
The Health and Safety Authority has produced checklists and templates to help employers and employees prevent the spread of COVID-19 in an office setting.
The COVID-19 Business Continuity Support focuses on two specific areas:
1- Management team consultancy – this will be a one-to-one consultancy or a one-to-team consultancy with a competent provider to talk through issues related to COVID-19 or to support the development of the site’s contingency planning or business continuity planning.
2- Training for staff – where clients need to continue to communicate and engage with their employees and provide guidance and training to them in any aspect associated with COVID-19, this can also be achieved through on-line webinars and discussion guided by a trained facilitator.
This support is open to all IDA Ireland clients that need additional help and guidance to manage their operations during this pandemic. Funding is available for up to 33 days of consultancy or training, to a maximum of €29,700, excluding VAT. This is 100% grant aided by IDA Ireland for IDA Ireland client companies.
Please contact your IDA Account Executive to progress your application.
The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment has published a checklist for working remotely, providing employers with a quick way to navigate the adoption of remote working arrangements.
The Data Protection Commission has published guidance on processing COVID-19 vaccination data in the context of employment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 and is expected to continue until 31 December 2021.
The Sustaining Enterprise Fund (SEF) is available to eligible manufacturing and internationally traded services companies, employing 10 or more employees which have been impacted by a 15% or more reduction in actual or projected turnover or profit, and/or a significant increase in costs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The SEF is open to companies who are clients of Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland, Údaras na Gaeltachta and non-client companies who meet the employment and activities eligibility criteria.
This new landscape of work brings opportunities and obligations for you as an employer. As we move into a post-COVID era, you may be considering how best to address some of the medium-term HR and management challenges now facing your business.
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:
Latest public health measures and vaccine updates
HSE Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) advice and guidance including guidance for workers dealing with the general public
Ireland’s COVID-19 Data Hub
Information on international travel and the operation of the EU Digital COVID certificate is available below.
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