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SFA Annual Subscription 2015
SFA National Small Business Awards 2015 Winners
St Patrick's Day Public Holiday and Easter Holidays 2015
SFA Submission to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation on Low Pay and the Living Wage
SFA meets Public Accounts Committee on Public Procurement
Intertrade Ireland Funding for Growth Service
The Importance of a Paper Trail in Employment Situations
New Internship Scheme Launched
National Workplace Wellbeing Day - 27th March 2015
Rehabilitation and Return to Work
SFA Webinar – Succession Planning
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St Patrick's Day Public Holiday and Easter Holidays 2015

St Patrick’s Day falls on Tuesday, 17th March and is a public holiday.  A public holiday is a statutory entitlement, as set out in the Organisation of Working Time Act.

The following employees are entitled to public holidays:

  • All full time employees.
  • Part-time and casual employees who have worked at least 40 hours in the five weeks ending on the day before the public holiday.

In respect of each public holiday an employee's entitlement is:

  • A paid day off on the public holiday or
  • A paid day off within a month, or
  • An extra day's annual leave or
  • An extra day's pay

Employees who are not normally rostered to work on the day the public holiday falls are entitled to one-fifth of their normal weekly rate of remuneration for the public holiday, which is added on to that weeks pay.


Easter Holidays 2015

Easter Monday falls on Monday, 6th April and is a public holiday.  It should not be confused with "Bank Holidays" e.g. Good Friday (Friday, 3rd April), which are not covered by the Act and to which there is no legal entitlement.  Some companies give this day off as a good will gesture or require employees to take it as an Annual Leave day.  

A guide on Annual Leave and Public Holidays can be downloaded by clicking here

If you have any queries regarding the Act, please contact the SFA on Tel: 01 605 1664/1668 or e-mail: