Exact date for a Covid Irish bank visit and new annual leave for frontline healthcare workers €1k tax exempt

The DAY for Ireland’s only Covid-19 bank holiday has been set for 18 March.

The Cabinet is said to have signed the contract on the date declaring it an additional bank holiday this year.

One-time €1,000 tax-free payment planned for frontline healthcare workers


One-time €1,000 tax-free payment planned for frontline healthcare workersCredit: Getty

This is expected to be a one-off bank holiday, with a new one to fall in early February around St Brigid’s Holiday from 2023 onwards.

This is a plan to recognize the efforts of those who have worked during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The scheme includes a one-time tax-free €1,000 payment to frontline healthcare workers.

Healthcare workers in nursing homes and nursing homes will also be included in the payment.

Public Expenditure Minister Michael McGrath and Health Secretary Stephen Donnelly are expected to announce the plan when the Cabinet closes.

This package is intended to recognize the efforts of both the public and the country’s frontline medical workers

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Speaking on the way to the Cabinet this morning, Michael Martin says ‘we can be optimistic about the medium term’.

Martin said the Government would meet on Friday to decide on the easing of Covid-19 restrictions and it would “bring clarity to the public” at that time.


He added that there is “foundation for optimism” but we must be aware of new variants of the virus that may develop.

Secretary Eamon Ryan has predicted the measure will begin to be lifted by the end of next week.

The government will meet this Friday to discuss lifting measures such as the 8pm hotel curfew, which has been in place since mid-December.

Green Party Leader and Minister of Transport Ryan said the Government would be able to give “advance notice” so businesses can prepare for the lifting of the measures.

Speaking on RTE’s Morning Ireland, Minister Ryan said: “It will be next week, by the end of next week, I expect to see the restrictions start to be lifted.”

Tomorrow, National public health emergency group will provide their advice on the latest things Covid-19 data and relax measures.


Minister Ryan said the Omicron variant had followed the expected route – with a rapid increase and a rapid decrease in the number of cases.

And Health Secretary Stephen Donnelly confirmed to Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan on Monday that Ireland has over the top of Omicron waves.

Ryan said he expected the Cabinet subcommittee to meet on Friday, with a full Cabinet meeting early next week.

“We’re going to give people a few days’ notice, so people can be ready, when we start lifting some of the restrictions,” he said.

He added that he did not think any restrictions would be lifted during this weekend.

Yesterday’s Tanaiste Leo Varadkar told a meeting of his parliamentary party that the Government should establish March 31 as a deadlinee to end almost all legal restrictions.

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