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Ireland New St Brigid's Day Public Holiday in 2022

Source: Houses of the Oireachtas- National Parliament (Dublin)
Posted: Sunday, October 31, 2021
Most recent follow-up news item: February 7, 2022

The Irish press is reporting that, according to government sources, a consensus has emerged to name the country’s tenth public holiday after Ireland’s female patron saint, Saint Brigid, with this new annual public holiday occurring on the Monday closest to February 1st.

Ever since the beginning of the current pandemic, there have been many calls for a special additional public holiday to be declared in Ireland; by the Irish Minister for Tourism, Brendan Griffin (2020-05-07), then as a result of cabinet rumours (2020-10-05) albeit quickly reined in (2020-10-07).

But, earlier this month (2021-10-05), ahead of the upcoming Irish government's budget (2021-09-25), the Irish Tanaiste, Leo Varadkar, had hinted that a new annual bank holiday, to begin in 2022, could be St Brigid's day on February 1st, or a four day weekend around St Patrick’s Day, in March.

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