July 12 should not qualify as public holiday
Published 28/05/2013 | 04:20
I want to work on July 12. I work for the Northern Ireland Civil Service and have been advised that my workplace will be closed on Friday, July 12, and Monday, July 15.
Public holidays are common law holidays; they are not specified by law as bank holidays, but have become customary holidays, because of 'common observance'.
The 2011 Northern Ireland Census statistics show that no section of our society, based on religious affiliation, represents the majority of our population.
July 12 does not, therefore, meet the criteria of 'common observance'. I do not want to 'take a holiday' because the Orange Order wants to have a celebration.