The government just announced a brand new bank holiday for 2022 – and everyone wants to know when their next day off is.
So, if you want to plan a weekend away, or just want to cash in on whatever extra lie you can get, here’s the details on the dates. Irish holidays in 2022.
WHAT ARE BANKING DAYS?
A bank holiday is a public holiday in Ireland when most people get an extra day off work.
It was UK law that first enumerated the Bank Holidays Act 1871 and said its purpose was to ease pressure on workers by giving them an extra four days off.
Irish MP James O’Mara initiated that St Patrick’s Day become a bank holiday in 1903 under the (Ireland) Bank Holidays Act 1903.
At the time, those dates were Easter Monday, the first Monday in August, Whit Monday (June Holiday) and St Stephen’s Day.
Over the years, the number of holidays has been added and now Ireland has a total of 9 holidays – including Christmas Day, Saint Patrick’s Day and New Year’s Day.
They are named bank holidays because the banks are closed – and if they can’t do business, no one else can.
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Likewise, schools are closed for bank holidays, and transportation services are often scaled back.
WHAT DAY IS THEY IN 2022?
Ireland has a total of 10 public holidays in 2022.
New Year’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Covid One-Day Holiday, Easter Monday, May Day, Jun Bank Holiday, August Bank Holiday, October Bank Holiday Christmas and St Stephen’s Day are both bank holidays.
Here are all the dates you need to know for this year:
- Saturday 1st January – New Year’s Day – but public holiday on Monday 3rd January
- Thursday, March 17 – Saint Patrick’s Day
- Friday, March 18 – Covid Bank Holiday Weekend
- Monday, April 18 – Easter Monday
- Monday May 2 – May Bank Holiday
- Monday, June 6 – June bank holiday
- Monday, August 1 – August bank holiday
- Monday, October 31 – October bank holiday
- Sunday, December 25th – Christmas Day
- Monday, December 26 – St Stephen’s Day
Monday, January 3 is a Bank Holiday this year as New Year’s Day falls on a Saturday.
A unique holiday to thank frontline workers and the public for their efforts in Covid-19 was announced on March 18.
DO YOU BE PAYING TO THE BANK DAYS?
If the fixed public holiday falls on a weekend, the next working day will not be allowed to rest.
When this happens, the employee is entitled to an extra day of paid leave in the same month, or an extra day of annual leave, or an extra day of pay.
If you work part-time and have worked 40 hours per week during the last five weeks before the bank holiday, you are entitled to one day’s pay if the holiday falls on a day you would normally work.
If you are required to work that day, you will be entitled to an additional daily wage.
If you haven’t worked 40 hours, your average day rate or fifth of your weekly salary is calculated for the 13 weeks you worked before the holiday.
HOW CAN YOU MAXIMIZE YOUR YEARS LIFE?
The first Bank Holiday of the year falls on Monday, January 3, as New Year’s Day falls on the Saturday of 2022.
But if you take the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th of January on annual leave, you will have 9 days of paid leave in total, including weekends.
Next year, Easter weekend falls in April, with Easter Monday on April 18.
That means if you take a 4-day annual leave on April 19, 20, 21 and 22, you will be away from the office for 9 days.
In 2022, Christmas Day falling on a Sunday means Tuesday 27 December will likely be a delayed Bank Holiday, alongside St Stephen’s Day on Monday 26 December.
Employees who take three days off from Christmas to New Year will take 10 days off, though two of these will be January 1 and 2, 2023.
After the one-off 2022 bank holiday, a new holiday will fall in early February around St Brigid’s Holiday from 2023 onwards. So it will be better to plan your time off work.
From next year on, there will be a holiday established to celebrate Imbolc and St Brigid’s Day, which falls on the first Monday in February every year.
This will be the case except when St Brigid’s Day falls on a Friday, then Friday 1st February will be recognized as a holiday.
Tanaiste Leo Varadkar said: “This will be the first Irish holiday to be named after a woman.
“It marks the halfway point between the winter solstice and the equinox, the beginning of spring, and the Celtic New Year.”
https://www.thesun.ie/money/8126796/irish-bank-holidays-2022-exact-dates-extra-annual-leave-covid/ Irish Holidays 2022 – exact dates of your next holidays and how you can get MORE time off work