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Ireland Reconsiders April 24 Public Holiday

Source: Houses of the Oireachtas- National Parliament (Dublin)
Posted on Friday, June 10, 2016


Dublin Member of Parliament, Aengus Ó Snodaigh, had introduced another bill in his longstanding quest to have April 24 declared as a new annual non-working public holiday in the Republic of Ireland to commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising.

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

A year later (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.

But late last year (2015-10-10), the Cabinet of the Government of the Republic of Ireland, after giving consideration to the proposal for an annual, or one-off in 2016, Republic Day non-working public holiday, decided against it ("as Easter weekend is traditionally associated with the[1916 Easter]Rising, there was no need to mark it with another day off").


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