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Ireland Mulls New February 1st Public Holiday

Source: Houses of the Oireachtas- National Parliament (Dublin)
Posted: Friday, January 22, 2021
Most recent follow-up news item: February 7, 2022

The Irish Minister of State, Martin Heydon, has submitted a proposal to the Irish Government that St. Brigid’s Day, on February 1st, be declared as a new annual public holiday in Ireland ("this would also be a very fitting way to recognise the sacrifices of the Irish people during the Covid pandemic and highlight the hope ahead made more significant by confirming a new annual public holiday on February 1st to mark St. Brigid’s day but also the first day of Spring and hope for the coming year").

At the beginning of the current pandemic (2020-05-07), the Irish Minister for Tourism, Brendan Griffin, had announced in the Dáil (Ireland’s parliament) 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).

And, last autumn (2020-10-05), there were reports that Cabinet was considering plans for an extra bank holiday (aka. public holiday), in Ireland, possibly on Monday, December 21, 2020, or early in 2021, "depending on the virus levels at the time".

However, at that time (2020-10-07), when he was questioned by Labour’s Alan Kelly, in the Dáil, the Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister), Micheál Martin, 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.").

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