12th may become a public holiday in the Republic

The Galway council of trade unions is to put forward a motion calling for July 12th to be made a public holiday in the Irish Republic as well as Northern Ireland at the upcoming ICTU congress in Belfast, according to a report in the Sunday Tribune (hardcopy available only).The reasons are apparently twofold; to recognise the other tradition on this island and to get Irish workers another public holiday as they are currently shortchanged in comparison to their European counterparts.

If the ICTU passes the motion, it will likely be put to Taoiseach Bertie Ahern when talks about a new national pay deal start in September.