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Ireland Rejects April 24 or 25 Public Holidays

Source: Houses of the Oireachtas- National Parliament (Dublin)
Posted: Saturday, October 10, 2015
Most recent follow-up news item: April 16, 2018

Earlier this week, the Cabinet of the Government of the Republic of Ireland, gave consideration to last year's proposal for an annual, or one-off in 2016, Republic Day non-working public holiday, from the All-Party Consultation Group on Commemorations, but decided that "as Easter weekend is traditionally associated with the[1916 Easter]Rising, there was no need to mark it with another day off".

About a year ago (2014-09-02), the government of the Republic of Ireland announced that it was 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.

The year before (2013-02-21), 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. 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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