With nine Bank Holidays in the Irish Calendar each year, we thought you might find some information on Public Holidays and the relevant employer obligations and responsibilities around pay useful.
The nine Public Holidays in Ireland each year are as follows:
- New Year’s Day (1st January)
- St. Patrick’s Day (17th March)
- Easter Monday (variable date)
- First Monday in May (variable date)
- First Monday in June (variable date)
- First Monday in August (variable date)
- Last Monday in October (variable date)
- Christmas Day (25th December)
- St. Stephen’s Day (26th December)
Summary of Entitlements
Normal Working Hours Employees
Employees who qualify for a public holiday are entitled to one of the following:
A paid day off on the public holiday
An additional day of annual leave
An additional day’s pay
A paid day off within one month of he public holiday
If you have worked for your employer at least 40 hours in the 5 weeks before the public holiday and the public holiday falls on a day you normally work you are entitled to a day’s pay for the public holiday.
If you are required to work that day you are entitled to an additional day’s pay.
If you do not normally work on that particular day you should receive one-fifth of your weekly pay. Even if you may never be rostered to work on a public holiday you are entitled to one-fifth of your weekly pay as compensation for the public holiday.