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01st Nov 2021

Word on the street is we’re getting a new bank holiday!

Katy Thornton

A spring bank holiday would do us all some good.

There’s been rumours circulating for a while now that we’re getting a new bank holiday, and we’re optimistic. The rationale behind a new bank holiday is to remember those who have died from COVID-19, and to show our appreciation for frontline employees, who have done tireless work over the course of the pandemic.

Many speculate it is to take place on St. Brigid’s day, 1st February 2022, but Taoiseach Micheál Martin would not confirm this.

For months now the government has been trying to find a way to properly thank the frontline workers of Ireland for their tremendous work over the last 20 months. According to The Irish Times, Martin said the matter was discussed, “only this week in terms of how to properly to recognise people who made an outstanding contribution to the country’s efforts in dealing with the pandemic.”

While the Taoiseach didn’t confirm the date of the new bank holiday, it remains heavily speculated that it will be the closest Monday to St. Brigid’s Day every year.

Discussions are ongoing on the topic of introducing even more public holidays in Ireland. We’ll be listening out for further news on the matter.

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