Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI) has welcomed the Government’s announcement that COVID-19 nursing home workers will receive a €1,000, tax-free payment.

The payment, which is also being made to frontline health and ambulance workers, was announced by the Government last week along with a one-off public holiday on 18 March to honour workers, volunteers and those who have lost their lives during the pandemic.

Speaking last week, Tadhg Daly, NHI CEO, (pictured), said: “We are all well aware nursing homes were the very front of the COVID-19 frontline. It is entirely appropriate the heroism of the workers in nursing homes across the country is recognised through this payment by Government.

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“NHI is engaged with Department of Health officials with regard to detail of the payment to staff in private and voluntary nursing homes. Today’s announcement is important acknowledgement and recognition of the incredible sacrifice, commitment and dedication that was undertaken by nursing home staff to protect those most susceptible to the COVID-19 virus.”

Announcing the payment, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly TD, said: “It has been my privilege as Minister for Health during this most challenging period for our health service to witness first-hand the commitment, expertise and dedication of our frontline workers. I am delighted to be in a position to confirm this payment to frontline public sector healthcare workers. It is a small token of the appreciation and gratitude that my colleagues in Government and indeed, the Irish people as a whole have for your ongoing efforts to protect us all from the worst impacts of COVID-19.”

 

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