Above from left: Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform Michael McGrath Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, and Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly, at a media brief today following this morning’s Cabinet meeting
Via RTÉ News:
Public healthcare workers who worked on the frontline during the Covid-19 pandemic are to receive a once off €1,000 tax free payment under a plan passed by Cabinet this morning.
An additional public holiday and national commemorative event, in remembrance of people who lost their lives due to the Covid-19 pandemic, will take place on 18 March this year.
The Cabinet grappled today with who to reward for their work on the frontline during the pandemic, as well as the general public.
All healthcare staff who worked in a clinical setting, including hospital porters, cleaners and ambulance workers will be entitled to the bonus.
The payment will not be made to healthcare employees who worked from home, and is instead being directed towards those who worked on site, in a clinical setting.