As outlined here, a new public holiday will be introduced to mark St Brigid’s day from 2023. This will bring the total public holiday entitlement in Ireland to 10. The new public holiday will be on the first Monday of February, except where the 1st of February falls on a Friday in which case it will fall on the Friday. The new public holiday will bring Ireland more into line with the European average.

A once-off public holiday will occur on Friday 18th March 2022 as a day of remembrance and recognition in memory of more than 9,000 people who lost their lives in Ireland as a result of Covid-19. This means that many employees will have a four-day weekend as St Patrick’s Day falls on Thursday 17th March 2022.