Healthcare staff who worked in situations where they were exposed to Covid-19 are set to get a 1,000 euro, tax-free pandemic bonus.

It will include the likes of Defence Forces staff seconded to test centres and student nurses.

Private hospice and nursing home staff will also get the benefit - but workers in private hospitals won't.

The Government has also confirmed an extra bank holiday this year on March 18th for all workers.

Those who can't take the public holiday off will be given time in lieu or paid double time.

Public Expenditure Minister Michael McGrath says they faced a tough choice when deciding who to award the Covid payments to..



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