Your entitlement to annual leave or holidays from work is set out in legislation and in your contract of employment. Legislation gives various entitlements to leave from work.
These include annual leave, public holidays, maternity leave, adoptive leave, carer's leave, parental leave and other types of leave from work. It is important to note that the periods of leave provided for by legislation (the Organisation of Work Act 1997) are the minimum entitlements only; you and your employer may agree to additional entitlements.
The basic legal minimum is four weeks’ paid holiday.
You will find a listing of public holidays under “Ireland at a Glance”.
In the case of agency employees, the party who pays your wages (the employment agency or client company) is the employer for the purposes of the Act and is responsible for providing the entitlement.
You can find more information on holidays and paid leave at the Citizens’ Information Board website.