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Ireland Mulls New Annual Public Holiday Beginning In 2022

Source: Houses of the Oireachtas- National Parliament (Dublin)
Posted: Saturday, September 25, 2021
Most recent follow-up news item: February 7, 2022

The Irish government's upcoming budget, stated to be revealed on October 12, 2021, seems destined to include the effects of a 10th annual public holiday for Ireland, beginning in 2022.

At the beginning of the current pandemic, the Irish Minister for Tourism, Brendan Griffin, 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" (2020-05-07).

At the same time, last year (2020-10-05), there were reports that Cabinet was considering plans for an extra bank holiday, possibly on Monday, December 21, 2020, or early in 2021, "depending on the virus levels at the time". But the Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister), Micheál Martin, soon put a damper on the idea, and 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 recent cabinet meetings (2020-10-07).

One of the possible new annual public holidays being mentioned is St. Brigid’s Day, on February 1st, as proposed by the Irish Minister of State, Martin Heydon, at the beginning of this year (2021-01-22).

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