The bank holiday allocated to frontline staff for their work during the pandemic has been speculated as being just a one-off day instead of an annual event.
It’s believed that the government is currently looking at making the closest Monday to St. Brigid’s Day the new bank holiday, which falls on Tuesday, February 1st.
A final decision has yet to be made on when the bank holiday will be held.
The idea of a permanent bank holiday has been met with opposition from predominately employer groups who believe that the day should just be a once-off.
According to the Irish Independent, the bank holiday may be a once-off while consideration is given to making St. Patrick’s Day a four-day weekend.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin spoke at an event commemorating Wolfe Tone in Kildare where he didn’t deny that the bank holiday would fall around St. Brigid’s Day.
Martin said that Fianna Fáil Senator Fiona O’Loughlin has been “very persuasive” in advocating for the bank holiday to be linked to one of the country’s patron saints.
“The last time I was in Kildare with Fiona, I was taken to various centres that were, how will I put it, very affirming of St Bridget’s role in this county”.
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