Living

How
In Ireland, looking for somewhere to live can be difficult. The volume and range of rental accommodation available usually depends on the part of the country you are moving to. Larger cities and towns may...
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Emergency accommodation
 Homeless If you are living in Ireland in a hostel or bed and breakfast or staying temporarily with friends because you have nowhere else to go, you are homeless. If you think you may lose...
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Tenants rights
If you pay rent to a landlord for the use of accommodation or property you are a tenant. Your legal tenants rights and responsibilities derive from landlord/tenant law as well as from any written or...
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Having a baby
Maternity Benefit is a payment for women on maternity leave from work and who have paid a certain amount of PRSI (Pay Related Social Insurance). You need to apply for the payment 6 weeks before...
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Children Rights and Policy
Children in Ireland are among the most vulnerable members of society. Irish law protects children until they are considered to be able to interact in society as adults. For this reason, children are treated differently...
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Getting married
There are rules and procedures you must follow in order to marry in Ireland. There are also rules and procedures if you are an Irish citizen and choose to marry abroad. Requirements for marriage If...
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Parenting Alone : Support Services
One-Parent Family Payment (OFP) is a payment for people in Ireland who are bringing children up without the support of a partner. It is payable to an unmarried person, a widow(er), a prisoner’s spouse, a...
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Married and Unmarried Couples
For the purposes of most social welfare claims in Ireland (for example, Jobseeker’s Allowance) and supplementary welfare allowance claims, married and unmarried couples who are living together are treated the same. Your marital status will...
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Same Sex Couples
In Ireland, the definition of marriage includes same sex couples, so they can become legally married. This means that same-sex partners have equal rights to heterosexual married couples. Local authority housing The question of whether...
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English Schools in Dublin
Academic Bridge Dublin 1, 33 Gardiner Place Tel: (01) 878 8616 http://academicbridge.ie/ The Academic Bridge located in the heart of Dublin offers the students English lessons as well as social activities. Everybody can improve English...
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3rd level education University – Colleges
At present, many organisations in Ireland are entitled to award or validate qualifications in the further and higher education sectors. Further education and training is between post-primary level and higher education. Higher education and training...
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Come to study
Basic Information Ireland has one of the best education systems in Europe. The quality of the Irish education system is a major contributing factor to the rapid rate of economic growth Ireland has experienced over the last few...
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Diplomas recognition
Some EU countries require diplomas, titles, certificates or other special qualifications as a condition for access to certain salaried and self-employed occupations. It can be difficult to have your own training and skills fully recognised....
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Irish Education system
The Constitution of Ireland has a number of articles that are relevant to the law on education. Article 42 of the Constitution deals with education. Other articles also have a bearing on education law, in particular...
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Language
Ireland has become an increasingly popular location for English Language training, attracting students of all ages and nationalities. There are over 115 English language training schools in Ireland today with over 150,000 people visiting Ireland...
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Libraries
Ballyfermot LibraryAddressBallyfermot Road,Dublin 10South Central DublinTelephone: + 353 1 6269324 / 6269325Email: ballyfermotlibrary@dublincity.ieOpening HoursMonday to Thursday10.00am – 8.00pmFriday, Saturday10.00am – 5.00pmSundayClosedHow to get there?By bus: 18, 76A, 76B, 78, 78A, 79, 79AAccessWheelchair access and an Induction loop...
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Pre-school Childcare
The law in Ireland provides for the regulation and inspection of pre-school childcare services. Under the Child Care Act 1991 the Health Service Executive (HSE) in Ireland is charged with ensuring the health, safety and...
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Primary and post-primary education
Details of Primary and post-primary education Although children are not obliged to attend school until the age of six, 65% of four year olds and most five year olds are enrolled in the infant classes...
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Universities-Colleges
List of Universities-Colleges Dublin City University – Its strength lies in its commitment to the intellectual, cultural, and personal development of our students and staff, and we are proud of our achievements in delivering on...
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Emergency Numbers
If you are in the Dublin area you can ommit the prefix 01 for any of the numbers below that have that prefix. The emergency services can be contacted by telephoning 999. This number is...
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Emergency
Information Emergency health services in Ireland provide medical attention for illnesses or injuries requiring immediate treatment. Typical examples of injuries that may require emergency health services include those resulting from accidents, heart attacks or other...
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GP: Visit Card – Medical Card
General Practitioners (GPs) provide services to medical card holders in Ireland free of charge. Those GPs in the Primary Care Re-imbursement Service (formerly known as the ‘GMS’) scheme enter into contracts with Health Service Executive...
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Health Agencies
There are a number of health agencies and bodies that have a role in delivering health services in Ireland. Some are involved in delivering services while others are regulatory and/or advisory. Most of these agencies have...
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Health Insurance
Certain rules concerning private health insurance have been altered with the passing of the Health Insurance (Amendment) Act 2001 and the Health Insurance (Amendment) Act 2003. Given that commencement of the provisions of the 2001...
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Health Services
The Government, the Minister for Health and Children and the Department of Health and Children are at the head of health service provision in Ireland. The Department’s primary role is to support the Minister in...
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Health System
Health system and personal social services in Ireland are delivered by the Health Service Executive, through a network of Local Health Offices, health centres and clinics. The following is a brief description of the four...
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Hospitals
Everyone living in Ireland is entitled to free in-patient hospital services in public beds in public and voluntary hospitals. People who do not have medical cards may have to pay hospital charges. In-patient services are...
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Building Permission
If you wish to build a house in Ireland, you must obtain planning or building permission from your local authority before you start construction. In Ireland, the law requires that you need planning permission for...
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Buying
At some point in your life, you may wish to either buy or sell a home or property. It is not possible in Ireland to fully go through the purchase or sale of a home...
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Renting
If you will soon be moving from one part of the country or city to another, or have recently arrived in Ireland, looking for somewhere to live can be challenging. The volume and range of...
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Social Housing
Local authorities in Ireland are the main provider of social housing for people who need housing and cannot afford to buy their own homes. Local authority housing is allocated according to housing need, and rents...
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Arrests
Arrests are the apprehending or restraining of a person to bring that person to a District Court within a reasonable time. You can not be arrested for the purpose of gathering evidence or ‘helping the Gardai with...
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Civil Law
Ireland’s Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB) is an independent statutory body set up under thePersonal Injuries Assessment Board Act 2003 under the civil law. The PIAB give an independent assessment of personal injury claims for...
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Crime Prevention
Certain crime prevention strategies or  sensible precautions can help you to enjoy your stay in Ireland and avoid becoming a victim of crime. Things to remember Carry a handbag or shoulder bag that can be...
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Criminal Law
A crime is defined in law in Ireland as an act which may be punished by the State. The way in which a criminal offence is investigated and prosecuted depends on the type of crime...
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Irish Constitution
The Irish Constitution (Bunreacht na hÉireann) recognises and declares that people living in Ireland have certain fundamental personal rights. These rights are natural human rights – they come from being human and are confirmed and...
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Law Enforcement
The Garda Síochána is the Irish national police force. It has responsibility for carrying out all policing duties in the Irish State. In addition, it provides State Security Services and carries out all criminal and...
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Legal aid and advice
Legal Aid for non-criminal cases is known as civil legal aid and has been available since 1979. If you need civil legal aid, you must contact one of the Legal Aid Centres. There is a means...
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Prison system
In all there are approximately 3,200 persons in custody in our prisons at any one time. At present, there are 14 prisons and places of detention used to accommodate prisoners in Ireland. Eleven are “closed”...
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Separation and Divorce
Stages of  separation and divorce involve when a marriage first breaks up, many couples informally separate and live apart. Marital breakdown affects all areas of a person’ s life, and most people go on to...
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Victims of crime
The Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform takes into account the views of victims when framing or reviewing criminal law. Some of the important new laws that concern victims are set out in the rules...
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Legal matters
There may be many reasons why you are unable to deal with your affairs in life. You may become mentally incapacitated and be legally incapable of carrying out certain transactions. You may acquire an illness...
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Capital Gains Tax
Capital Gains Tax (CGT) is a tax charged on the capital gain (profit) you get from the disposal of any asset. It is payable by the person making the disposal. The difference between the price...
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Tax on savings and investments
Employee Share Option Schemes Information In Ireland, employees can avail of certain share options from their company that may be ‘tax free’ or ‘tax efficient’. However, it is useful to bear in mind that there...
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Income Support
Dublin district income support services Central Revenue Information Office Cathedral Street,  Off Upper O’Connell Street,  Dublin 1 Telephone Service:  353 1 878 0000 (Personal Callers only) Taxes Central Registration Office Arus Brugha,  9/15 Upper O’Connell Street,  Dublin...
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Income tax
Income tax is charge nearly all income as liable. Tax on income that you earn from employment is deducted from your wages by your employer on behalf of the Irish Government. This is known as Pay As You Earn (PAYE)....
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Vehicle-Duties and VRT
All new motor vehicles and vehicles brought into Ireland are subject to Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT) and must be registered with the Revenue Commissioners. (The Revenue Commissioners are responsible for the collection of taxes in...
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Moving country and taxation
In the event of moving country and taxation your residence status for tax purposes is determined by the number of days that you are present in Ireland in a tax year. You will be resident...
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Pension
If you have come from a country with which Ireland has a Bilateral Social Security Agreement, your pension rights from the other country are protected when you move to Ireland. You may be able to...
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Personal Finance
In order to manage your personal finance,  bank account is necessary if you are living and working in Ireland. It allows you to save money, to make financial transactions, to receive your pay etc. Financial...
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Rent
If you are living in private rented accommodation you pay rent either directly to your landlord or to an agent on behalf of the landlord. Usually, the amount of rent payable is negotiated between you...
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Loans
There are many different forms of Credit. Here is a list of some of the most popular forms of credit used in Ireland: Overdrafts Credit cards Personal loans (from banks or building societies) Credit Union...
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Debt
When you make the first contact with Ireland’s free Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS), you will usually talk to the office administrator. He or she will take some of your details and make the...
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Value Added Tax
Legislation The principal pieces of Irish legislation governing the value added tax system are as follows: Value Added Tax Act 1972 (Principal Act) Value Added Tax (Amendment) Act 1978 Value Added Tax Regulations While there...
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Appeals
Social Welfare Appeals Office If you think that you have been wrongly refused a social welfare benefit in Ireland, or you are unhappy about a decision of a Social Welfare Deciding Officer about your entitlements,...
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Irish Social Welfare System Payments
The Social Welfare system in Ireland is divided into three main types of payments. These are: Social insurance payments Means tested welfare payments Universal payments. With all social welfare payments, you must satisfy specific personal...
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Means Testing
What is the means testing? To qualify for a social assistance payment you must satisfy a means test and a habitual residence test. A means test is a way of checking if you have enough...
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Social Insurance
Most employers and employees (over 16 years of age) in Ireland pay social insurance contributions into Ireland’s national Social Insurance Fund. In general, the payment of social insurance is obligatory. Ireland’s Social Insurance Fund is...
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Social Welfare Payment Categories
There are seven broad Social Welfare Payment Categories, each consisting of a range of schemes and supports: Child related payments Illness, Disability and Caring Unemployment Supports Employment Supports Widows, Widowers, and One-Parent Families Retired and...
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Bank Account
Opening an Account If you move to Ireland from overseas you will not get too far without an Irish bank account. Unless your employer pays you by cash- you will need a bank account within...
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Banks
AIB -Ireland, UK, Europe, US and Asia Bank of Ireland -Ireland, UK and Europe Permanent tsb -Ireland and UK Ulster Bank – Ireland Anglo Irish Bank -Ireland, UK and Europe ACCBank -Ireland and Rabobank Worldwide...
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CV and cover letter
In order to get a job in Ireland you should have a CV and a cover letter. CV Your CV (Curriculum Vitae) is a sum of your personal information such as: full name address telephone...
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FÁS is Ireland’s National Training and Employment Authority If you are unemployed or redundant or if you want to update your skills or change your career, there is a wide range of FÁS courses available...
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PPS Number
Your Personal Public Service Number (PPS No.) is a unique reference number that helps you to get access to social welfare benefits, public services and information in Ireland. State agencies that use PPS Numbers include...
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Recruitment Companies
List of  Major Recruitment Companies 1-800 People Abrivia Recruitment Specialists Acorn Recruiting Ltd ACR International Adecco Ann Kilgallon Recruitment Ann O’ Brien Office Specialists Approach People Atlas Personnel Group Bay Group Recruitment Beeswax Europe Beresford...
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Recruitment Websites
Recruitment Websites jobs.ie irishjobs.ie recruitireland employireland loadzajobs bestjobs monster salesjobs parodia fas.ie jobsearch computerjobs hoteljobs construction-jobs Related Pages: Bank Account Recuitment Companies FAS Training  
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Tax on savings and investments
Employee Share Option Schemes Information In Ireland, employees can avail of certain share options from their company that may be ‘tax free’ or ‘tax efficient’. However, it is useful to bear in mind that there...
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Volunteer-Charity Work
Volunteer Ireland is the National Volunteer Development Agency, an independent and non-profit organisations that inspires, promotes, supports and facilitates volunteer-charity work activity in Ireland. Volunteering is a term that covers many different activities: it could...
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Work Permits
In general, non-EEA nationals must have a permit to work in Ireland. EEA and Swiss nationals do not need an employment permit, except for Bulgarian and Romanian nationals – see below. Since 1 February 2007...
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Work Taxes
Most employees in Ireland pay work taxes through the PAYE (Pay As You Earn) system. This means that your employer deducts the tax you owe directly from your salary, and pays this tax directly to...
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Communication
Fixed line telephone services in Ireland Many companies in Ireland offer fixed line telephone services to consumers. Fixed line means that your telephone is not wire free but physically connected to a point on a...
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Energy
Commission for Energy Regulation Introduction The regulator for the electricity and natural gas markets in Ireland is the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER). It was initially established in 1999 under the Electricity Regulation Act 1999....
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Express Couriers
Express courier services in Ireland are provided by these most well-known companies: DHL Web: www.dhl.ie DHL Express Ireland Customer Services Local 1890 725 725 (From outside Ireland please call ++ 353 1 8700 790 )...
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Postal services and costs
Introduction The Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) was established as the national regulatory authority for the postal sector by the Communications Regulation Act 2002. An Post was designated Ireland’s universal service provider by the Communications...
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Transport
Dublin BusBus services for the capital and adjoining areas are provided by Dublin Bus. There are more than 100 bus lines and they are in service all day long, from early in the morning until...
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Waste and environment
Plastic Bag Environmental Levy There is a charge for plastic shopping bags issued by retailers at points of sale. Find out about the charge and the situations where you will not have to pay for...
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Water
Water charges Currently available details of the new system being introduced for domestic water charges. Also covers existing charges for commercial use and group schemes. Water supply The various ways that water is supplied to...
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Who can become an Irish citizen?
My parents were both born in Great Britain and so was I. Am I entitled to Irish citizenship based on my Irish grandparents? Yes, you are entitled to Irish citizenship by descent if any of...
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