Is Good Friday a Public Holiday in Ireland?

    Is Good Friday 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 Ireland.  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 day’s 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
    • 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.

    The Team at PaycheckPlus calculate all Holiday entitlements for clients availing of our Fully Managed Payroll Outsource Services.

    For information and assistance on processing payroll for employees, call +353 (0)41 68 63 000 or Request a callback from our Payroll Team today.

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