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Wednesday, 19 January 2022

Department of An Taoiseach

Commemorative Events

Photo of Fergus O'DowdFergus O'Dowd (Louth, Fine Gael)
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45. To ask the Taoiseach his views on a day of commemoration for those that have lost their lives to Covid-19 following consultation with his Department; and if there are plans within Departments to progress such proposals. [63369/21]

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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As we continue to live with the COVID-19 pandemic it will be important as a people that we pause and reflect, take time to remember and pay tribute both to those who have lost their lives in this terrible pandemic and to everyone who has contributed to how we have faced and are facing the challenges together.

A Public Holiday is to be held on 18th March 2022 in recognition of the efforts of the general public and Ireland’s frontline workers during the Covid-19 pandemic and in remembrance of people who lost their lives due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In addition, a national commemorative event will be organised which will be inclusive and reflect the experiences of all those who have suffered loss during the pandemic. The arrangements for this are currently being finalised and there will be an announcement by my Department in due course.

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