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Ireland St Brigid's Day Public Holiday Moved To 2023

Source: Houses of the Oireachtas- National Parliament (Dublin)
Posted: Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Most recent follow-up news item: February 7, 2022

The Irish Tanaiste, Leo Varadkar, has confirmed that the Irish government had plans to declare a one-off bridge public holiday around St Patrick’s Day and then a new annual public holiday for St Brigid's Day, beginning in 2023, but that nothing was finalized yet ("No formal decision made yet").

Today's statement by Tanaiste Varadkar, follows-up on his statement of last autumn, in which he had announced that the first occurrence of the new St Brigid's Day public holiday (2021-10-31) would be moved to 2023, due to the arrival of the Omicron variant (2021-11-25).

For 2022, Leo Varadkar had then stated that a one-off public holiday would probably declared around St Patrick’s Day, an option already mentioned the month before (2021-10-05 and 2021-09-25).

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).

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