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Harmonise public holidays North and South – Doherty

22 July, 2010 - by Pearse Doherty TD


Responding to a call from Michael McDowell for the 12th of July to be made a public holiday in the South Sinn Féin Dáil Senator Pearse Doherty has called for the harmonisation of all bank holidays across the island.

Senator Doherty said:

“Bank Holidays should be harmonised north and south. That is what business wants and that is what people want.

“It is ludicrous that in May for example the bank holidays fall on consecutive Mondays instead of the same day.

“The trend in recent years in the six counties has been to move away from the 12th being a day when everything closed down and people were forced to take time off work. In recent years more and more shops and businesses have been able to open and people have been able to go about their normal business.

“Making the 12th a Public holiday in the South flies in the face of this reality and would do nothing to deal with the issue of contentious Orange Parades. That issue requires the Orange Order to sit down with the communities they wish to march through and come to a resolution. So far they have refused to do this.

“To me this is more about McDowell having been rejected by the electorate chasing a headline at a summer school rather than anything which is actually going to happen.” ENDS

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