There will be another day off in Ireland. The authorities of the country decided to establish a day of remembrance for the victims of the pandemic coronavirus.
This year it will be celebrated on March 18, the day after St. Patrick’s Day – the patron saint of the country, so the Irish will get four holidays in a row. But starting next year, according to Europa press agency, the new holiday will be celebrated on the first Monday of February.
In the meantime, the Irish government has decided to thank all health workers who are in the front line in the fight against the pandemic coronavirus. This year, they will receive a tax-free bonus of 1,000 euros – “in recognition of their work in dangerous and difficult conditions and for the thousands of lives they have saved,” explained Deputy Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.
Not only doctors and nurses, but also hospital porters, cleaners and ambulance drivers can count on this payment. In addition, the same bonus will be given to military personnel who performed auxiliary work in testing and vaccination centers, and to workers in private nursing homes.