October bank holiday – public holiday entitlements

Monday 26 October is a public holiday. There are 9 public holidays in Ireland each year. Most full-time and part-time employees are entitled to paid leave on public holidays. One exception is part-time employees who have not worked for their employer at least 40 hours in total in the 5 weeks before the public holiday.

Employees who qualify for public holiday benefit are entitled to one of the following:

  • A paid day off on the public holiday
  • An additional day of annual leave
  • An additional day’s pay
  • A paid day off within a month of the public holiday

You can ask your employer which of these options applies to you at least 20 days before the public holiday.  If your employer fails to respond at least 14 days before the public holiday, you are entitled to take the actual public holiday as a paid day off.

You can find out more about your public holiday entitlements from workplacerelations.ie.