Funding of over €260,000 has been announced to develop new permanent Outdoor Dining spaces in Letterkenny and Bundoran.
The facilities will be located at Port Road in Letterkenny and at Bundoran’s Oceanside West End Car Park.
The funding is being allocated to Donegal County Council as part of Fáilte Ireland’s Outdoor Dining Enhancement Scheme. The scheme supports the development of streets and public spaces to facilitate outdoor dining in urban tourism centres, enabling access to outdoor seating for extended periods throughout the year.
Minister for Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport, Gaeltacht and Media, Catherine Martin T.D and Paul Kelly CEO Fáilte Ireland today announced a total of €9million in funding to transform 38 locations in 19 counties nationwide.
Minister Catherine Martin said: “The aim of this Scheme is to support tourism and hospitality jobs and help businesses develop new ways of catering for domestic and international tourists outdoors. Access to outdoor dining facilities will continue to be a key part of industry recovery as we look forward to 2022 and beyond.”
Paul Kelly CEO of Fáilte Ireland added: “This second part of the Scheme being announced today is implemented in partnership with Local Authorities and will build on strengthening the outdoor dining offering around Ireland. We have learned during COVID-19 that people want the option of dining outdoors; this scheme will make dining areas suitable in a wider range of weather conditions so that they can be used for longer periods of the year, helping businesses towards sustainable recovery.”