Written answers

Wednesday, 16 February 2022

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Photo of Steven MatthewsSteven Matthews (Wicklow, Green Party)
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95. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the position regarding front-line workers for homeless service charities (details supplied) who worked throughout the Covid-19 pandemic; if they are being considered for the €1,000 Covid recognition payment scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8545/22]

Photo of Michael McGrathMichael McGrath (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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There are many thousands of people across the country who went above and beyond over the course of the last two years. The continued contribution of so many people in all walks of life has been essential to getting us through this difficult time. Collaboration and solidarity have been the hallmark of our national approach to COVID-19 and the measures announced on 19 January are true to those principles.

After careful consideration, the Government made the decision to give all the people of Ireland a national day of recognition and commemoration on the 18th of March this year, and another permanent public holiday in February commencing in 2023.

The Government took many factors into consideration when coming to a decision in relation to any additional recognition measure for specific sectors, however it ultimately agreed that acknowledging certain frontline healthcare workers in the public sector and in private nursing homes and hospices in particular was the most fair and appropriate, whilst acknowledging all other healthcare workers and sectors with the public holidays.

This is a balanced package of measures that will benefit all workers across the economy, while also recognising in particular the risks faced by certain frontline healthcare workers during this pandemic.

The Department of Health is working together with the HSE to provide additional details on this measure including full eligibility criteria, particulars and terms and conditions that apply. This will be published as soon as possible. This work underway is to ensure fairness in the application of this measure as the Government intended.


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