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Ireland Additional 2022-2023 Public Holidays Signed Into Law

Source: Houses of the Oireachtas- National Parliament (Dublin)
Posted: Monday, February 7, 2022


The Irish Tánaiste and minister for enterprise, trade and employment, Leo Varadkar, has signed into law a new annual public holiday for St Brigid's Day, beginning in 2023, as well as a one-off public holiday on Friday, March 18, 2022, to link the annual St Patrick Day public holiday with the subsequent weekend.

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 Minister for Tourism (2020-05-07), then as a result of cabinet rumours (2020-10-05 and2020-10-07). Eventually, a consensus choice of St Brigid's Day as that new annual public holiday was reached relatively quickly (2021-01-22).

But, as 2021 progressed, and the Omicron variant arrived, the first occurrence of the new St Brigid's Day public holiday moved to 2023 (2022-01-11, 2021-11-25, 2021-10-31, 2021-10-05 and 2021-09-25).

Then, last month, Leo Varadkar, finally officially announced that the Irish government had declared a new annual public holiday for St Brigid's Day, beginning in 2023 (2022-01-19).



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