They are talking about giving Ireland a new extra bank holiday.
This is supposed to be a reward, or thanks to the “Front Line Workers” [a grossly overused and somewhat vague term?] for all their efforts and sacrifices during the Pandanic.
My problem with the term “Front Line Workers” is simple. To twang our heartstrings they generally talk about all the hospital nurses who indeed did take a beating. But then they included nursing home staff which was fair enough. But then all the checkout staff in the shops jumped on the bandwagon and they had a point too? But surely bin-men [sorry – Waste Disposal Operatives], police, bank staff, doctors, vets and anyone else who had to work during the Pandanic have to be included too? Where do you draw the line?
There was a suggestion of giving them some kind of bonus but apparently the cost of that would run into hundreds of millions so that idea was shelved. There was talk of giving them extra time off but I imagine that would be tricky to organise and anyway who would be entitled? So they came up with the idea of a Bank Holiday. Just to add some syrup to the mix they said this holiday could also be in memory of all those who had died.
I’m quite happy with the idea. It wouldn’t cost the gubmint that much but employers aren’t too happy as they’re the ones footing the bill by losing a days productivity. It wouldn’t affect me at all.
But there is a little drop of irony in the idea.
The vast majority of those who are supposed to be grateful for this vote of thanks won’t be able to avail of it. By the nature of things, they are in essential services and would have to work the special day anyway.
Maybe they should just be happy with us all standing in our gardens and giving them a round of applause?