A common misunderstanding as we approach Easter is that Good Friday is a public holiday; Good Friday is a bank holiday but it is NOT a public holiday in Ireland. Banks are closed on Good Friday and many businesses also close, but as it is not a public holiday there is no entitlement to Public Holiday pay for this day. Many employees use a day’s holiday to have the day off.
There are ten Public Holidays in Ireland each year. Easter Monday, however, is one of the ten Public Holidays in Ireland each year. The 10 public holidays are:
• New Year’s Day
• First Monday in February, or 1 February if the date falls on a Friday
• St. Patrick’s Day
• Easter Monday
• The first Monday in May
• The first Monday in June
• The first Monday in August
• The last Monday in October
• Christmas Day
• Stephen’s Day
If the holiday falls on a day on which you normally work, you are entitled to either:
• A paid day off on the holiday
• A paid day off within a month
• An extra day’s pay
• An extra day’s annual leave
If the public holiday falls on a day on which you do not normally work, then you are entitled to one fifth of your normal weekly wage for that day.
If you are asked to work on the public holiday, then you are entitled to either:
• An additional day’s pay
• A paid day off within a month of the day
• An additional day of paid annual leave
Part-time employees qualify for public holiday entitlement provided they have worked at least 40 hours during the five weeks ending on the day before a public holiday.
Public Holiday entitlements are set out in the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997.