Are you registered to vote in the next referendum?

The Register of Electors for 2018-2019 came into force on 15 February 2018. You can check to see if your name is on the Register.

If you are eligible to vote but are not on the Register of Electors, you can apply to be included in the supplement to it.

You can apply at any time. However, you can only be included in the supplement used at the referendum on 25 May 2018 if your local authority receives your application by Tuesday 8 May 2018.

If you wish to be included in the supplement to the Postal Voters List or the Special Voters List in time to vote in the referendum, the local authority must receive your application by Saturday 28 April 2018.

All application forms are available on checktheregister.ie and from your local authority.

Read more about registering to vote.

Is Good Friday a public holiday?

Good Friday falls on 30 March in 2018. It is not a public holiday. While many businesses close on Good Friday, you have no automatic entitlement to time off work on that day.

However, Easter Monday is a public holiday. This year it falls on Monday 2 April.

If a public holiday falls on a day on which you normally work, you are entitled to either:

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

If the public holiday falls on a day on which you do not normally work, then you are entitled to one-fifth of your normal weekly wage for that day.

Part-time employees qualify for public holiday entitlement if they have worked at least 40 hours during the 5 weeks ending on the day before a public holiday.

Read more about your public holiday entitlements.

Easter holidays in schools

All schools will close for the Easter break on Friday 23 March 2018, unless they need to make up for time lost due to unforeseen closures.
If a school needs to make up time, it may stay open up to and including Wednesday 28 March 2018.
All schools will re-open on Monday 9 April 2018.

Read more about school terms.

 

Public holidays

St Patrick’s Day (17 March) is a public holiday. Most employees are entitled to paid leave on public holidays.

If the public holiday falls on a day which is not a normal working day for that business (for example, on Saturday or Sunday) you are still entitled to benefit for that public holiday. In 2018 St Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday. If you are not rostered to work on St Patrick’s Day in 2018, you are entitled to one of the following:

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

If you do work on St Patrick’s Day in 2018, you are entitled to be paid for the day as usual. In addition, you are also entitled to benefit for the public holiday (as set out above).

Note that, where a public holiday falls on a weekend, you do not have any automatic legal entitlement to have the next working day off work.

If you work part-time and the public holiday falls on a day you normally work, you are entitled to a day’s pay for the holiday (provided you have worked at least 40 hours for that employer in the 5 weeks before the public holiday). If you are required to work that day, you are entitled to an additional day’s pay. If you do not normally work on that particular day, you should get one-fifth of your weekly pay. Even if you are never rostered to work on a public holiday, you are entitled to one-fifth of your weekly pay as compensation for the public holiday.

You can read more about your public holiday entitlements on workplacerelations.ie.

Water supplies affected by cold weather

The recent cold weather has caused many water pipes to freeze and burst, affecting water supplies in many areas. As a result, a series of water restrictions are now in place. Alternative water supplies are being provided in areas with no supply.

Irish Water has useful tips on how people can reduce their water use.

If you notice a leak on public property, you can report it to Irish Water to be fixed.

You can check on water.ie for service alerts in your area.