Ireland’s newest Bank Holiday, which is to mark the efforts made by people during the Covid-19 pandemic, is to fall on St. Brigid’s Day.
St. Brigid’s Day is on February 1st and marks the beginning of Spring – and will now be Ireland’s 10th Bank Holiday.
According to the Sunday Times, the Bank Holiday will take place on the Monday closest to February 1st of each year.
Government sources told the publication that a consensus has emerged with employers and trade unions for February 1st to mark St. Brigid’s Day.
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar had indicated earlier this month that the new Bank Holiday will likely fall in February or March.
“I am still listening to what people have to say and it hasn’t been decided yet that we will have one,” he said.
“My preference is either February or March. One option is the St. Brigid’s Day period – there is a big gap between 1 January and St. Patrick’s Day in terms of holidays.”
The new Bank Holiday will take effect from 2022.
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