Section 39 carers must be included as part of the Covid recognition payment - Moynihan
27 January 2022
Fianna Fáil TD for Cork North West, Michael Moynihan, has called for Section 39 carers to be included as part of the Covid recognition payment.
The Government has agreed to give a recognition payment of €1,000 to frontline healthcare workers in recognition of their work in dangerous and challenging conditions during the pandemic, and for the thousands of lives saved as a result of their efforts.
Deputy Moynihan said, “Collaboration and solidarity have been the hallmark of our national response to Covid-19. All sectors of our economy and society have made, and continue to make, important contributions to helping our country through the pandemic.
"While no monetary amount could truly reflect the dedication of healthcare staff on the frontline, the Government believes it is appropriate, at this time, that a once-off tax-free payment of €1,000 be provided for all eligible public service healthcare and ambulance workers, in recognition of their efforts which I whole heartedly agree with.
"However, I firmly believe that Section 39 carers should also be included as part of this recognition payment. They continued to provide extraordinary levels of care to loved ones during the pandemic and played a significant role in supporting our healthcare system by taking care of vulnerable family and friends.
"I am urging my colleagues in Government to recognise their efforts and extend the Covid bonus in acknowledgement of the meaningful contribution they have made throughout the course of the pandemic.