The Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997 provides statutory minimum entitlements for all employees to holidays and public holidays (except members of An Garda Siochana and Defence Forces).
Employees, other than those employed on a part-time/casual basis, have an immediate entitlement to public holiday benefits. Part-time/casual employees qualify for public holiday entitlement provided they have worked at least 40 hours in the 5 weeks ending on the day before a public holiday.
he Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997 provides statutory minimum entitlements for all employees to holidays and public holidays (except members of An Garda Síochána and Defence Forces).
Statutory Instrument No.50/2022 – Organisation of Working Time (Covid-19 Commemoration) Regulations 2022 was signed into law on 7 February 2022 and provides for a once-off public holiday entitlement on Friday 18 March 2022.
The Government decision to designate a once-off public holiday on Friday 18 March 2022 in recognition of the efforts of the general public, volunteers and all workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, and in remembrance of people who lost their lives due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
From next year there will be a new permanent public holiday established in celebration of Imbolc/St Brigid’s Day. This will be the first Monday in every February, except where St. Brigid’s Day, the 1st day of February, happens to fall on a Friday, in which case that Friday 1 February will be a public holiday.