20 Aug 2022

Senator calls for new bank holiday to coincide with Late Late Toy Show every year

Senator calls for new bank holiday to coincide with Late Late Toy Show every year

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A Senator from Kildare has lent her support to a petition which calls for a new bank holiday to coincide with the Late Late Toy Show.

Fianna Fáil Senator Fiona O'Loughlin explained her decision in a recent statement: "Every year, all of us look forward to the last Friday in November."

"The Late Late Toy Show is an institution for children of all ages and has played a big part in Christmas for many years now."

She continued: "For so many, it is the beginning of the most wonderful time of the year.  

"I feel it deserves to be recognised as a festive stand out in the lead up to Christmas.  

"To recognise its significance in this regard, and to help children up and down the country prepare for the big night, I think it would be a tree-mendous idea to give them a dedicated bank holiday on that day."

Earlier this month, Senator O' Loughlin expressed support for St Brigid's Day (February 1) to become a bank holiday in order to commemorate frontline workers.

Ireland currently has nine annual bank holidays, although many countries in the EU have 12.

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