Good Friday is not a Public Holiday in Ireland

As Easter approaches, we get several calls asking if Good Friday is a Public Holiday.  We can confirm that Good Friday is NOT a Public Holiday in Irealnd.  Although most schools and many banks, shops and other establishments close for the day, there is no entitlement to Public Holiday pay for this day.  Many employees use a days holiday to have the day off.

Easter Monday, however, is one of the nine Public Holidays in Ireland each year.  These are:

  • New Year’s Day
  • 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
  • St. 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.

 The Team at Paycheck Plus calculate all Holiday entitlements for clients availing of our Fully Managed Payroll Outsource Services.   If you would like further details about our services contact us today or call Niamh on 041 686 3000.