1994 marked the first public holiday May Day celebrations in Ireland and each year since Ireland has observed a public holiday on the first Monday of May.

Taoiseach Albert Reynolds leads the centenary cavalcade of Macnas performers, bands, dancers, fire eaters and thousands of trade unionists into Dame Street. Talking to RTÉ News, the Taoiseach commends the work of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and the contribution they have made to growing the country and improving living standards over the past 100 years.

National and international trade union groups were represented at the parade. The report includes contributions from Peter Cassells, Phil Flynn, Padraig Breathnach, Ray Bates and Ruari Quinn.

An RTÉ News report by Michael Lally on 2 May 1994.