Written answers

Thursday, 16 December 2021

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Photo of Thomas GouldThomas Gould (Cork North Central, Sinn Fein)
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277. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the proposed front-line worker bonus. [62517/21]

Photo of Michael McGrathMichael McGrath (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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The Government acknowledges the contribution of our front-line healthcare workers and all workers across the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Working together has been a key element of the Government’s approach to the pandemic to date, and this should form part of any approach to recognition.

The pandemic remains an ongoing challenge for us all. It has required our full focus and attention to date in order to continue to provide essential services to the public, including the vaccination rollout programme. However, the Government is committed to looking at this complex issue.

It is important that we consider the whole of the economy in our deliberations on this matter. In addition to the breadth of recognition, the timing and service delivery impact of any approach must be taken into account. These matters are under consideration.


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