Friday May 1st 2020 is a Bank Holiday in Europe but not in Ireland. This affects SEPA bank payments – so any welfare payments due to be paid into banks/credit unions on Friday, May 1st should arrive instead on Thursday 30th April.
Monday May 4th 2020 is a Public Holiday and a Bank Holiday in Ireland . All banks and Post Offices will be closed on 4th May 2020.
So this should mean that welfare payments due on Monday 4th May should also be paid into accounts on Thursday 30th April.
See a full list of Bank Holidays in Ireland Here
Payment Arrangements for Welfare and Pensions:
Remember – all welfare and pension payments are fortnightly now – so not all payments will be affected by this Bank Holiday.
Payment via the Post Office
Payments due on Monday 4th May can be collected on Friday May 1st or Saturday 2nd May. (Many Post Offices may close at lunch-time on Saturday 2nd May).
Payments due on Tuesday 5th May should not be affected.
Payments directly to bank accounts or Credit Unions
Any welfare payments due to be paid into banks/credit unions on Friday, May 1st should be paid instead on Thursday 30th April.
Payments due on Monday 4th May should also be paid into accounts on Thursday 30th April.
Covid Emergency Payment:
This is due into bank accounts on Tuesday May 5th. Because of the 2 bank holidays , it will be processed on Wednesday instead of Friday – so it will still be there by Tuesday … it will not be paid early.
Child Benefit is also due on Tuesday 5th May 2020 . This should arrive in bank accounts on the usual day . In some cases it might possibly arrive early depending on your bank. (Saturday or even Thursday ). But don’t rely on this happening.
Post Office payments should be unaffected.
Note – (Friday May 8th is a Bank Holiday in UK/ Northern Ireland this year)