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Hey, why can't we all take Good Friday off?

IF you're reading this you're not observing a tradition kept in many homes in previous generations on Good Friday; a total media blackout.

No television, no radio, no papers. Certainly no tweeting about your fasting or your great big sacrifice of no meat and booze. You actually had to talk to your family, a Station of the Cross in itself for some.

Good Friday. Good? But for whom? School children, bankers and most of the public sector. The same as any regular work day for others. What happened to Good Friday being a religious holiday to be observed by Christians? Or what if you're a secularist who works in the bank, or the public sector, and aren't actually doing any religious observing?

Officially, Good Friday is a bank holiday and not a public holiday. The teller in the bank advised me this week not to count this Friday as a 'working day' when it came to lodging and clearing a cheque; that he and his colleagues would be on holidays. So between the Good Friday and the bank holiday Monday, at this time of year, add two extra days on the ridiculous amount of time it takes to clear a cheque in the businesses that broke the country.

Communist Cuba has made Good Friday a public holiday at the request of the Pontiff. Maybe Enda might do the same if the Pope comes here, so the heathen private sector can refrain from working and get to start drinking earlier in the day. Don't mind the lost productivity and loss of earnings for companies. Anyway, the less that banks are open, the better for us. Pity they hadn't shut their doors more often in the boom years.