Holiday Entitlement

Public Holidays

There are normally nine Public Holidays in Ireland each year. However, in recognition of the efforts of the general public, volunteers and all workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, and in remembrance of those who lost their lives due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government designated a once-off public holiday in the Republic of Ireland on Friday 18th March 2022.


The 10 Public Holidays for 2022 are:

  • New Year’s Day – 3rd January (in lieu of 1st)
  • Patrick’s Day – 17th and 18th  March (additional Public Holiday for 2022 only)
  • Easter Monday – 18th April
  • The first Monday in May – 02nd May
  • The first Monday in June – 06th June
  • The first Monday in August – 1st August
  • The last Monday in October – 31st October
  • Christmas Day – 25th December
  • Stephen’s Day – 26th December


In addition to this, from next year there will be a new permanent public holiday established in the Republic of Ireland in celebration of St Brigid’s Day.  This new annual public holiday will be the first Monday in February, except where 1st February is a Friday, in which case that Friday will be a public holiday.


How this public holiday Impacts Employers

It is vital that employers are aware of their obligations in this area. You may be surprised to hear that this is one area where many employers actually overpay employees as they do not fully understand the legislation.

In summary, Full Time Employees who are normally scheduled to work are entitled to their employers’ choice of the one of the benefits below in respect to a Public Holiday. While Part Time/Casual Employees who are normally scheduled to work on a public holiday are entitled to one of the benefits below on the condition that they have worked 40 hours in the previous 5 weeks:

  • A paid day off on that day
  • A paid day off within a month of that day
  • An additional day of annual leave
  • An additional day’s pay

Full Time Employees who are not normally scheduled to work are entitled to 1/5th of a public holiday benefit.

Part-Time employees who are not normally scheduled to work are entitled to 1/5th their average weekly earnings over the previous 13 weeks worked if they meet the qualifying entitlement criteria.


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