Mon, 23 May 2022

DUBLIN, Ireland: The Irish Government will sponsor a national holiday on March 18 to recognize public and frontline workers who assisted others during the Covid pandemic, as well as to remember the 9,000 Irish who have died from Covid.

Officials said besides the one-time public holiday, frontline workers will receive a payment of 1,000 euros tax-free.

The Government said the same payment will be issued to staff who worked in nursing homes and hospices during the pandemic.

"A once-off public holiday, a Day of Remembrance and Recognition, will be held in memory of the more than 9,000 people who have died on the island of Ireland with Covid,"
said Tanaiste Leo Varadkar.

"This will be held on Friday, March 18 and means we will have a four-day weekend because March 17, St Patrick's Day, is also a public holiday."

Varadkar noted that the holiday is meant to "recognise and say thank you" to all Irish people for the efforts they made during the pandemic.

"We decided to make this decision now on a public holiday, rather than wait until the pandemic is over, because so many have already given so much."

The one-time holiday will follow St Patrick's Day celebrations on March 17.

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