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November 11, 2009

Kildare firms Urged to apply for new Jobs Support

Kildare firms should examine if they are eligible for a new Government offer to support jobs which are viable but under threat by the current economic challenges, according to Fianna Fáil TD and Convenor of the Oireachtas Enterprise Committee, Michael Fitzpatrick.
“Following confirmation that 435 firms nationwide are to receive support to maintain over 7,400 jobs the Government is now opening up a second round of the scheme. Kildare firms which are considered vulnerable but viable can receive €9,100 over 15 months for each qualifying employee.”
“The scheme is aimed at helping firms to avoid making people redundant by offering financial support to retain jobs. The new round will be open to a broader range of Kildare firms and will take on board a number of points made by the business community.”
“Details will be announced next week, but it has been confirmed that the support will be open to both exporting and non-exporting companies. It will be managed by Enterprise Ireland which has been working hard to support medium and small sized firms in Kildare and throughout the country. These firms traditionally form the backbone of our economy.”
“A special website has been established at and details of the second round will be made available here in the coming days as well as through Enterprise Ireland offices.”
“I would encourage all Kildare companies, especially those who may have not been eligible for the first round, to examine the new conditions and see if they are eligible for a scheme which is aimed at keeping jobs in our communities”, concluded Deputy Fitzpatrick.