Sinn Féin MLA Barry McElduff has called for bank holidays to be harmonised across the island of Ireland.
Mr McElduff said;
"As Irish republicans we believe there is too much duplication across the two states on the island of Ireland. Unfortunately this even extends to bank and public holidays.
"This Monday is a bank holiday in the north but not in the 26 Counties. Next week there is a bank holiday in the 26 Counties but not in the north.
"This creates difficulties for many people across the island, particularly those in business in border areas with the closure of services on either side for two successive weeks.
"As we move closer to the creation of an all-Ireland economy, such barriers should be removed to support businesses across the island.
"Having the same bank holidays on the same date throughout Ireland would also benefit tourism providers North and South.
"That is why bank holidays should be harmonised right across the island, for the benefit of business, tourism and everyone across the island."