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Notice Periods in Ireland

7 March 2007 | Ireland | 5 Responses by paul savage.

The following comes from, and outlines what are the necessary steps that one is entitled to and obliged to follow when one looses their job in Ireland or when you are given notice.

Entitlements when giving your notice

You may be entitled to notice if you are being let go from your job in Ireland. This means that you are given notice that you job will end, and a date in the near future when this will come into effect. The length of notice you are entitled to, will depend in the first place on your contract of employment. In addition, there is a minimum entitlement laid down by law. Your contract may give you a greater entitlement to notice than the statutory minimum, but it cannot give you less. The laws in Ireland that give employees a right to notice, are called the Minimum Notice and Terms of Employment Acts, 1973 to 2001.


Minimum period of notice in Ireland

The amount of notice you are entitled to by law will depend on how long you have been working for your employer.

Duration of employment Minimum Notice
13 weeks to 2 years 1 week
2 years to 5 years 2 weeks
5 years to 10 years 4 weeks
10 years to 15 years 6 weeks
15 years or more 8 weeks

While the notice entitlements under your contract of employment can exceed the minimim periods above, any provision for notice in your contract for less then the above is invalid. This essentially means that while your contract of employment can set down that you will receive a greater amount of notice than the law states above, if your contract states that you will get less than the law provides, then this part of your contract has no effect. The law however does not preclude your employer or you waiving your rights to the legally specified notice period. The law also does not preclude you accepting payment in lieu of notice, if you wish. You may be required to work the notice period or you may accept payment in lieu of notice, if offered. Payment in lieu of notice means that you will not have to work for the period between receiving notice and the ending of your employment, but you will get the same amount of wages that you would have received, had you worked.


During your period of notice you should receive your normal pay. This also applies if you are paid in lieu of notice. Also any remaining holiday pay / overtime / expenses claims, should be in your final pay cheque.

5 Responses

  1. NOREEN O'GRADY said on 7 Feb 2008 at 4:25 pm

    if contract is terminated and a weeks notice is given by the employer does the employee have to work it?

  2. Sharon said on 27 May 2009 at 3:35 pm

    what if my contract states that I have to give 4 weeks notice, and says nothing about the notice my employer has to give me? do they have to give me the same notice as they require of me?

  3. Tom said on 27 Jun 2009 at 7:41 pm

    If I give a months notice, can my employer tell me to finish up before that end date?

  4. Trina said on 29 Jul 2010 at 4:48 pm

    My contract states I have to give a month notice , after I handed in a note ,they only let me to work 3 weeks ,can I ask for wages of the 4th week any way?

  5. susan said on 3 Feb 2012 at 10:15 pm

    If you’re working with the company more than 6 years but you were given a contract only for 1 year during that period,let’s say from 2008 to 2009,do you still have to give 4 weeks notice??

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