A Bank Holiday is a day on which the banks are closed. BUT – not all bank holidays are Public Holidays.
There were nine public holidays in Ireland in 2022 – but since February 2023 there are now 10 public holidays a year , as a new permanent February public holiday was introduced for St Brigid’s Day .
This new public / bank holiday fell on Monday 6th Feb in 2023 . It will always be on the first Monday in February, unless the 1st of February is a Friday – then it will be on that date .
When is The Next Bank Holiday in Ireland?
The next bank holiday in Ireland which is also a public holiday will be Monday October 30th 2023
Bank Holidays Ireland 2023
Unless stated otherwise – all the dates below are both Public and Bank Holidays in Ireland
|Bank Holiday Dates 2023||Notes|
|Sunday 1st January 2023|
|Monday, January 2nd 2023 ||(Not a Public Holiday)|
|Monday 6th Feb 2023 ||(St Brigid’s Day)|
|Friday 17th March 2023 ||St Patrick’s Day|
|Monday, April 10th 2023||Easter Monday|
|Monday 1st May 2023 – ||May Day|
|Monday, June 5th 2023|
|Monday August 7th 2023|
|Monday October 30th 2023|
|Monday December 25th 2023|
|Tuesday December 26th 2023|
The 12th July is a bank holiday in Northern Ireland – but it is not a holiday in the Republic of Ireland.
Public Holidays And Worker’s Rights:
Some people assume that the following Monday is treated as a public holiday when a public holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday. But this is not the case.
If a public holiday falls on a weekend, workers do not have any automatic legal entitlement to have the next working day off work. When this happens – some employers might treat the following Monday as a public holiday but your employer can require you to attend work on that day.
If a public holiday falls on a day that is not a normal working day for a business (for example, on Saturday or Sunday), employees are still entitled to the benefit for that public holiday.
When this happens you are entitled to one of the following
- A paid day off within a month of the public holiday
- An additional day of annual leave
- An additional day’s pay