Emergency Humanitarian Creeslough Support Scheme


The Government has announced details of a scheme to provide Emergency Humanitarian Support to Small Businesses and Community, Voluntary & Sporting Bodies affected by the Explosion in Creeslough, County Donegal on 7th October 2022. At the request of the Government, the Irish Red Cross Society has agreed to administer two temporary emergency humanitarian support schemes, as follows: 


(1) Temporary Emergency Humanitarian Support for Small Businesses affected by the Explosion in Creeslough

This scheme is an Emergency Humanitarian Support Scheme to provide support to Small Businesses affected by the Explosion in Creeslough, County Donegal on 7th October 2022.


The closing date for receipt of applications is 31st December 2022

This scheme provides an emergency humanitarian support contribution towards the costs of returning business premises to their pre-explosion condition including the replacement of flooring, fixtures, fittings, and damaged stock. The scheme will not provide a contribution to the loss of earnings or loss of business goodwill.


The scheme is targeted at small businesses (up to 20 employees) and will have two stages:


  1. 1. The first stage will commence immediately and will provide a contribution of up to €5,000, depending on the scale of damage incurred.
  2. 2. In the event that businesses have incurred significant damages above €5,000, the second stage will provide a means to seek further support. However, this will be a more lengthy process requiring a more detailed assessment. The eligibility Criteria for this scheme are detailed below. The total level of support available for both stages combined will be capped at €20,000 per property.


(i) Only those small businesses that could not secure insurance through no fault of their own are eligible.

(ii) For the purpose of this scheme, a small business will be defined as one with up to 20 employees.

(iii) The business premises must have been damaged on the 7th of October 2022. This fact must be verified by the relevant Local Authority.

(v) At the time of the explosion, the business must have been trading and in rateable premises. (where the premises is not subject to commercial rates, the applicant should supply a tax clearance certificate as supporting documentation, or where this is not available, a recent official document from Revenue showing the tax registration number of the business).

(vi) A business operating from a place of residence that suffered damage and was uninsured may be eligible to claim from the scheme provided that specific documentation can be supplied and the Department of Social Protection Scheme has not been used to co-fund.

(vii) This scheme is not available to the farming community.

(viii) Landlords must supply a tax clearance certificate, a rental agreement, and in the case of a private tenancy confirmation of registration with the RTB at the date, the flooding occurred. 


Application forms should be returned to the IRC in a timely and efficient manner. The closing date for receipt of applications is 31st December 2022.

Please Click Here to Download the Application Form.