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Thank You Healthcare Heroes

A message from CEO Paul Reid sharing messages of thanks with staff across the health service

Published: 1 May 2020

HSE Thank You
Thank You from the people of Ireland to healthcare heroes across the country

Dear Colleagues,

I have been so immensely proud of the dedication and resilience shown by all our staff during this very challenging time. Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ireland, it has become apparent to everyone just how vital the role of our healthcare workers are in responding to this threat.

The deep appreciation expressed by the public over the past number of weeks, for all those working so hard in this fight against the pandemic, has been incredible. We witnessed this through the 'Shine a Light' initiative with so many households visibly displaying their gratitude and participating in the 8pm rapturous handclapping which resounded across the country.

The generosity shown by many businesses, voluntary groups, community organisations and individuals has also been warmly received and I know greatly appreciated by frontline staff. This generosity and support really helps and has touched us all.

I want to share with you some of the messages of thanks and well wishes we’ve received expressing gratitude to all of you giving so much every day in your heroic efforts and tireless work in the fight against COVID-19. Above you will see a representation of some of the correspondence including colourful cards from children, letters, religious blessings and postcards from families and individuals.

So a really special thanks to you all. You continue to do the HSE proud. This small representation above demonstrates the thanks expressed by the Irish public who have been so positively affected by your hard work.


Paul Reid, Chief Executive Officer