CABINET HAS APPROVED plans for an additional public holiday on 18 March and a national commemorative event.
The public holiday will be marked as a day of remembrance and recognition for those who died and worked throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
The new holiday will be held on the after St. Patrick’s Day this year but will be at the beginning of February from 2023 onwards.
A €1,000 tax-free bonus for public sector healthcare workers has also been approved by Cabinet.
Frontline healthcare workers in nursing homes, porters and cleaners in healthcare settings, hospice workers, student nurses and members of the Defence Forces seconded to healthcare roles will all be eligible.
However, workers in private hospitals are not eligible.
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