From next year there will be a new permanent public holiday established in celebration of Imbolc/St Brigid’s Day. This will be the first Monday in every February, except where St. Brigid’s Day, the 1st day of February, happens to fall on a Friday, in which case that Friday 1st February will be a public holiday. The new St. Brigid’s day public holiday will bring the number of public holidays in Ireland to 10.
Employees are entitled to a paid day off on the occasion of a public holiday. This in addition to any other paid leave like annual leave. Where employees have to or choose to work a public holiday, they are entitled to double pay or an additional day of paid leave so it will benefit all employees.
For further information on employee public holiday entitlements see: