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Ireland Mulls One-Off September Public Holiday

Source: Houses of the Oireachtas- National Parliament (Dublin)
Posted: Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Most recent follow-up news item: January 19, 2022

Former Irish Minister for Tourism, Brendan Griffin, has called on Taoiseach Micheál Martin to consider the declaration of a one-off public holiday in Ireland in September 2021.

At the beginning of the current pandemic (2020-05-07), the then 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).

By last autumn (2020-10-05), there were reports that Cabinet was considering plans for an extra public holiday, possibly on Monday, December 21, 2020, or early in 2021.

However, the Irish Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, almost immediately 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 (2020-10-07).

Most recently (2021-01-22), Irish Minister of State, Martin Heydon, had submitted a proposal that St. Brigid’s Day, on February 1st, be declared as a new annual public holiday in Ireland.

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