Junior Minister for Mental Health Kathleen Lynch has said that when it comes to 'Duvet Days', we need to differentiate between people who need them - and people who just want extra days off.
Figures from the Small Firms Association show absenteeism costs small businesses over €490m a year.
Other countries have improved on the rate of absenteeism by introducing "Duvet Days" or mental-health days.
However Minister Kathleen Lynch says they should only be given to people who genuinely need them.
She said: "Everyone's had those days, haven't they? I mean, how many times have you woken up and thought: 'God, I'm not certain I can face that'?
"But I must admit that you just do - you get up and you get on with it.
"There is a difference between that sort of 'tired from the night before', maybe it's a miserable day outside, and people that are suffering mild to moderate depression."