We Need More Public Holidays

People work hard and many leave their homes between 5.30am and 7pm for work. Yet Ireland falls below other EU countries for public holidays.

People Before Profit introduced a bill to give workers three more public holidays but it was voted down by this government. Under pressure, they gave one extra day bringing us up to ten.

But in a country like Germany, there are thirteen public holidays – three more than Ireland.

Yesterday in the Dáil, the Fine Gael Minister, Simon Coveney, conceded that an extra three days of public holidays could cost as low as 0.24% of Gross National Income or maybe slightly higher at around 1%.

There is a huge budget surplus – so what are we waiting for?

We need an extra 3 days of public holidays.