May Bank Holiday Welfare and Pension Payments

Wednesday May 1st  2019  was a Bank Holiday in Europe but not in Ireland . This affects SEPA bank payments – so all welfare payments due to be paid into banks / credit unions on May 1st  will receive payment on Tuesday 30th April.

On Thursday  May 2nd  – welfare and pension Payments will not be credited by banks until mid-morning or later on in the day .


Monday May 6th 2019 is a Public Holiday and a Bank Holiday in Ireland  . All banks and  Post Offices will be closed on 6th May 2019.

See a full list of Bank Holidays in Ireland Here

Jobseekers  who are due to sign at their local Intreo Office/Social Welfare Office on Monday 6th May 2019 will not have to do so.

Payment Arrangements for Welfare and Pensions:

Payment via the Post Office

Payments due on Monday 6th May can be collected from Saturday 4th May. (Many Post Offices may close at lunch-time on Saturday 4th May).


Payments directly to bank accounts or credit Unions

Payments due on Monday 6th May will be paid in to accounts on Friday 3rd May.

Payments for Casual Jobseekers, due to be paid on Tuesday 7th May will be paid instead on Wednesday 8th May.


Child Benefit is due on Tue 7th May. This should arrive on time. In some cases it might arrive early depending on your bank.

The Dept of Welfare uses Bank of ireland to process payments.  On a Bank Holiday weekend ,the issue of the Child benefit payment file to Bank of Ireland is made on the previous Friday instead of Monday in order to ensure payments are available on the following Tuesday.
Bank of Ireland, as part of its internal processing, may make funds available to their own customers’ accounts on the following day (Saturday) but the amount is not fully credited to their account until the due date of the first Tuesday of the month. Payments to accounts in other banks are processed as normal through the clearing system with a payment date of the first Tuesday of the month.