Is Good Friday a Public Holiday? A question we receive many times around this time of year.
The answer is No, Good Friday is not a Public Holiday, however it is in fact a Bank Holiday and can be counted as annual leave if an employee does not work it. An employer is not under any obligation to give their employees a day off, however some employers choose to do so as a good will gesture. The phrase ‘Bank Holiday’ has no legal meaning. Bank holidays are where banks and schools close for the day.
There are nine Public Holidays in Ireland:
- New Years Day 1st January
- St. Patrick’s Day – 17th March
- Easter Monday
- First Monday in May
- First Monday in June
- First Monday in August
- Last Monday in October
- Christmas Day – 25th December
- St Stephens Day – 26th December