Public holidays

Ireland has a total of nine public or national holidays each year. Some of our public holidays are called bank holidays and take place in May, June, August and October. Most businesses and schools are closed, while other services including transport operate on a restricted timetable.

If you are a full-time employee, you’ll be entitled to get these days off work or get reimbursed for the time you spend working. Part-time employees must have worked for their employer for at least 40 hours in total in the five weeks before the public holiday in order to be eligible. Full details of your entitlements are available in this explanatory booklet on holidays and public holidays for employers and employees.

Public holiday dates

New Year’s Day – Janu­ary 1 *

St Patrick’s Day – March 17 *

Easter Monday – the day after Easter Sunday

May Hol­i­day – first Monday of the month

June Hol­i­day – first Monday of the month

August Hol­i­day – first Monday of the month

Octo­ber Hol­i­day – the last Monday of the month

Christ­mas Day – December 25 *

St Stephen’s Day – Decem­ber 26 or day after Christmas public holiday

* If fall­ing on a week­day, or if not the fol­low­ing Monday. 

Working hours

Business hours are generally from 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Monday to Friday. IT companies that offer 24 hour support might operate on a shift basis so the working hours will be different from the usual working week. You may be entitled to extra pay if you work Sundays or overtime. Again, if you want to know what is expected of you make sure to ask your employer.

Annual leave

The amount of annual leave you will be entitled to in each year will be set out in your contract and terms of employment. By law, if you are working full time you are entitled to have four working weeks annual leave.

Sick pay

Your employer will have a policy on what happens if you are to get sick. Usually, after two days you’ll need to get a document from your doctor called a Medical Certificate which will declare to your employer the length of time that you will be unfit to work.