Ireland could be about to get a brand new Bank Holiday in the calendar 2 years ago

Ireland could be about to get a brand new Bank Holiday in the calendar

Who doesn't love an unexpected day off?

There's no better feeling than having a Bank Holiday to look forward to. Nothing breaks the week up better, and it's a perfect excuse to go out and have the craic.


Which is why we're delighted to share the news that the EU have discussed the idea of all employees of EU institutions getting an extra day off in May in the future.

The purpose of the day off would be an attempt to build a stronger European identity among citizens and what better way to do that than by letting us all do what we want for that day?

The day being proposed is Europe Day on 9 May, which will fall only a number of days after our own May Bank Holiday, but we're not going to complain about another one, are we?

Europe Day already exists but not as an official Bank Holiday, but if it were to come about, there aren't many better ways of encouraging fellowship amongst our fellow members.

The idea was discussed in Brussels on Monday and according to Euractiv, Ivan Jakovčić, a Croatian liberal MEP, said it had "clear support".

"It seems there is clear support from several parliamentary groups such as the Greens, the Socialists and ALDE. Having 9 May as a public holiday is not for the sake of holidays but so that we can show our unity and fight for our values," he said.

Maite Pagazaurtundua, a Spanish liberal MEP, even went as far as saying it would "most probably be passed". Sounds good to us!


Of course, if the UK go ahead with plans to exit the EU on 29 March, then they'll miss out.

Did someone say second referendum?

And if this has got you in the mood for a day off or two, here's a list of all of every Bank Holiday in Ireland in 2019.