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New Bank Holiday On The Horizon In 2021 Or 2022

A new Bank Holiday is on the horizon for workers either later this year, or in the early part of 202...
Ben Finnegan
Ben Finnegan

11:36 AM - 27 Sep 2021



New Bank Holiday On The Horizo...

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New Bank Holiday On The Horizon In 2021 Or 2022

Ben Finnegan
Ben Finnegan

11:36 AM - 27 Sep 2021



A new Bank Holiday is on the horizon for workers either later this year, or in the early part of 2021.

The plans are said to be at an "advanced stage", with efforts in Government to try and bring it in by either November or December.

However, there is a chance that there might not be enough time to get all the t's crossed and the i's dotted - which would push it into 2022.

Ireland currently has nine Bank Holidays throughout the year, well below the 12 which is what many European Union countries have.

There has been many calls for a new Bank Holiday in the past couple of years.

"I think what the Tánaiste said, that the Government want to do it, the public servants and indeed people in the private sector who gave so well, they're entitled to it", said Fine Gael TD Fergus O'Dowd.

"The public want them to be looked after - so the question of the timing... it's better if it fell into this financial year.

"But that's not the most important thing: I think the main thing is if we can all agree first of all.. that we ought to have a day to commemorate all of those who passed during the pandemic - and remember that it's not over yet.

"I think it should be separate" to a 'pandemic bonus.

Meanwhile, talks are still taking place around the idea of a 'pandemic bonus' for frontline workers - to thank them for their efforts over the last 18 months.

Unions representing healthcare workers have said the additional Bank Holiday shouldn't be the 'pandemic bonus' , particularly the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.

It says the people they represent are "running on fumes" due to the intensity of dealing with Covid-19 in hospitals.



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