Employee entitlements for Public Holidays – Payroll Top Tip

Employee entitlements for Public Holidays – Payroll Top Tip

March 28, 2019

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If you are thinking about planning a short break, or if you just can’t wait to have a day off work again, you may be interested in all of the Bank Holidays and Public Holidays in Ireland for 2019:

  • Sunday, 17 March – St Patrick’s Day
  • Monday, 18 March – Bank Holiday *
  • Friday, 19 April – Good Friday *
  • Monday, 22 April – Easter Monday
  • Monday, 6 May – May Day
  • Monday, 3 June – June Bank Holiday
  • Monday, 5 August – August Bank Holiday
  • Monday, 28 October – October Bank Holiday
  • Wednesday, 25 December – Christmas Day
  • Thursday, 26 December – St Stephen’s Day
  • Friday, 27 December – Bank Holiday *
  • Wednesday, 1 January 2020 – New Year’s Day

* Bank Holidays are not automatically Public Holidays


There are 9 public holidays in Ireland every year, that celebrate a special day, such as St Patrick’s Day, or Easter. On these days, some businesses close.

It is important to note that Good Friday is not a public holiday – some businesses do close but there is no automatic entitlement to paid time off work on that day.

Most employees are entitled to paid leave on public holidays, unless they are part time and have not worked for their employer for at least 40 hours in total in the 5 weeks before the public holiday. If you are entitled to the benefit of the public holiday, you should receive one of the following:

• A paid day’s leave on the day of the public holiday.
• An additional day’s pay
• An additional day of paid annual leave

If you are a part time worker and have worked for your employer for at least 40 hours in the 5 weeks before the public holiday, the following rules apply:

• If the public holiday falls on a day you normally work, you are entitled to a day’s paid leave.
• If you are required to work that day, you are entitled to an additional day’s pay.
• If you do not normally work on that day, you should receive an additional 1/5 of your normal weekly pay as compensation for the public holiday.
• If you don’t have set weekly hours, you are entitled to 1/5 of your average weekly pay, calculated over the 13 weeks you worked before the public holiday.

You should always ensure that your payroll provider is fully aware of the hours and days that your employees work, in order that they can accurately advise you on your employee’s entitlements.

Please contact our payroll team for more information.




Jane Jackson
Tax Manager
+353 42 933 9955