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Ireland Mulls April 25 Public Holiday

Source: Houses of the Oireachtas- National Parliament (Dublin)
Posted on Tuesday, September 2, 2014


The government of the Republic of Ireland is considering a recommendation from the Government-appointed All Party Consultation Group on Commemorations expert advisory group that a one-off non-working public holiday be declared in the Republic of Ireland on Monday, April 25, 2016, to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising.

Last year (2013-02-21), we had reported how Dublin Member of Parliament, Aengus Ó Snodaigh, had introduced the Public Holidays (Lá Na Poblachta) Bill 2013 which would make April 24 a new annual non-working public holiday in Ireland. According to that bill, this new April 24 annual non-working public holiday ("April 24th in each calendar year shall be a public holiday within the meaning of the Public Holidays (Employees) Act 1973") in Ireland would be to commemorate the anniversary of the reading of the Proclamation of Ireland outside the GPO by Pádraig Pearse in 1916.

Coincidentally, in view of today's reports, that bill also specified that "In the event of that date falling on either a Saturday or Sunday that 25 the succeeding Monday, be the public holiday, unless it is Easter Sunday and the preceding Saturday, in which case the public holiday shall be on the Friday preceding".


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