More funding is to be provided for humanitarian schemes relating to storm damage after huge numbers of homeowners and businesses applied for aid.

The issue is to be discussed at Cabinet this morning.

The Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Simon Coveney will bring a memo topping up the amount of money available to the humanitarian schemes after Storms Babet and Ciaran late last year.

The floods and high winds badly damaged businesses across the country, with huge damage recorded in Cork, Louth and Galway in particular.

The Cabinet originally approved 5.3 million euro for the scheme but this will be topped up by an addition 5.7 million bringing the total fund to 11 million euro.

It's believed that this is due to the larger than expected number of applicants with the entitlements of the recipients unlikely to change.

In October it was announced that businesses could apply for up to 100 thousand euro to repair the damage caused by Storms Babet and Ciaran.


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