An additional public holiday could bring a “boost to tourism of 20 million euros”
An additional holiday this year could generate up to € 20 million in tourism revenue, RTÉ News has learned.
This is indicated by an analysis carried out by Fáilte Ireland.
Sources close to the study said they expected the figure to be higher, but believe the results are strong.
Some in government believe that while a new holiday now looks certain to fall later in the year, it could be “tailored” to happen at a different time in the years to come.
A number of government TDs believe that a public holiday at the end of September would be more beneficial for the economy.
Fine Gael MP Ciarán Cannon suggested the new holiday should coincide around the same time Thanksgiving is celebrated in the United States.
He said a Thanksgiving holiday on the last Monday in November would strengthen ties between Ireland and the United States and generate new tourism opportunities.
On the question of when a bonus for frontline workers could be agreed upon by the government, there are indications that an announcement could be made around Budget Day on October 12, but full details could take more than time to finalize.
Speaking in Washington, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said no decision has yet been made on a possible date.
“It may even require primary legislation, so you have to take that into account as well. The idea is to remember that 5,000 or more people have died and have grieving families, as well as a way to deal with it. recognize volunteers as workers who have made a special effort, ”he said.
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Confusion reigns over special pandemic recognition bonus
AGSI demands that gardaí receive a bonus in the event of a pandemic
Pandemic bounties for the private sector are difficult and complicated, says Tánaiste
Mr Varadkar said the government was looking for ways to reward private sector workers for their efforts during the pandemic, but paying the bonuses was complicated.
The government plans to give frontline workers a bonus as a reward for their efforts during the pandemic.
Payments and time off are being considered for healthcare workers, but calls are being made to extend it to other workers.
Mr Varadkar said some retail workers have already received bonuses from their employers.
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“It is difficult for the government to pay bonuses to people in the private sector. We can do it for people who work in the public sector,” Varadkar said.
“For the private sector, it’s more complicated, so we should think of other ways to do it,” he added.
Mr Varadkar said ideas under consideration include additional holidays and tax credits, but added that these things were being discussed and no conclusions had yet been drawn.
Asked how the pandemic premiums would be paid, the Tánaiste said it would not impact the next budget as the money would come from this exercise, adding that the government’s finances were in a slightly better position than what had been planned previously.
Meanwhile, the leader of the Green Party said the government has not completed its review of how a pandemic bonus could be applied.
Minister Eamon Ryan has said he does not want to anticipate or speculate on what the government will decide, but that it will be decided in the coming weeks.
He said that there are public servants and private sector workers working under very difficult circumstances in many cases.
Mr Ryan said he wanted to recognize that there is “a whole variety of people who are actually working in the pandemic in a way that shows real leadership.”
Teachers appear to be part of pandemic bonus talks
Teacher unions said they expected to be involved in any discussion around recognizing workers’ contributions during the pandemic.
In a joint statement, the Secondary Teachers Association in Ireland, the Teachers ‘Union of Ireland and the National Irish Teachers’ Organization said that “the extraordinary efforts of teachers both face to face with their students in Overcrowded classrooms and the e-learning space have enabled schools to continue to prioritize teaching and learning while meeting the needs of children / youth ”.
The statement follows calls from health sector unions, the National Bus and Railroad Union and the Association of Guard Sergeants and Inspectors for some form of special recognition for their efforts during the pandemic.
Additional Reports Tommy Meskill, Laura Hogan