Source:Houses of the Oireachtas- National Parliament (Dublin)
Posted: Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Most recent follow-up news item: February 7, 2022
The Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister), Micheál Martin, has announced that there had been no discussions about a possible bank holiday in Ireland, at the end of 2020 or the beginning of 2021, at the recent cabinet meeting ("There was no bank holiday date in my mind yesterday. I don’t know where that came from. There was a lot more in my mind yesterday than the awarding of the bank holiday, I can tell you that.").
The Irish Taoiseach was responding to questions by Labour’s Alan Kelly, in the Dáil (Ireland’s parliament), as to whether his government had bottled the "21 December or if there was any extra consideration given to an extra bank holiday at all".
Earlier this week (2020-10-05), there were reports that Cabinet was considering plans for an extra bank holiday (aka. public holiday), in Ireland, this Christmas, possibly on Monday, December 21, 2020, or early in 2021, "depending on the virus levels at the time", while, at the beginning of the current pandemic (2020-05-07), the Irish Minister for Tourism, Brendan Griffin in the Dáil, had announced that the Irish government was considering declaring a one-off special bank and public holiday in Ireland, "when lockdown restrictions are finally lifted", thus amending the previously released list of bank holidays and public holidays in the calendar 2020 in Ireland (2018-07-02).
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