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Ireland > Health


Maternity Care In Ireland: What The Options Are And How To Decide On A Birth Plan

Friday April 10, 2020 (10:11:40)

The Mothers’ Index has recently ranked Ireland as the 22nd best place to give birth out of 179 countries – Norway came top. As an expectant expat living in Ireland, you will find a range of choices under the country’s public healthcare scheme, which includes extensive provision for home births. The country has recently published a National Maternity Strategy, which commits to providing more choice to women as to where they can give birth, and their levels of care. It has proposed one model of care with three care pathways: supported care, assisted care and specialised care. We will look at some of your options below.   more ...

Ireland > Health


How To Register With The Health System In Ireland

Wednesday April 08, 2020 (12:04:03)

The Irish Health Act of 2004 established the Health Service Executive (HSE) – or in Irish, Feidhmeannacht na Seirbhíse Sláinte) – which set up a national insurance scheme from 2005. The system is being revised, however, and Ireland is currently the seventh highest spender on healthcare in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) listings. As an expat, you will be eligible for public healthcare under the national scheme, as long as you match certain criteria. Even so, many expats choose private cover as a supplement or a replacement.   more ...

Ireland > Health


How To Look After Your Mental Health In Ireland

Monday April 06, 2020 (16:06:11)

The organisation Mental Health Ireland reports that around one in four people in Ireland will develop a mental health problem at some point in their life. In 2016, around 18.5% of the Irish population was recorded by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) as suffering from a mental health disorder, such as bipolar, schizophrenia, depression, or substance abuse. The OECD estimates that mental health problems cost the Irish economy over € 8.2 billion a year. Ireland has one of the highest rates of mental health illness in Europe; it is ranked at joint third out of the 36 countries surveyed in the annual Health at a Glance report. Rates of depression are above the European average. If you are an expat living in Ireland, read on for some tips about how to safeguard your mental health.   more ...

Ireland > Health


How To Keep Your Health Insurance Costs Low In Ireland

Friday April 03, 2020 (12:52:09)

Ireland operates on a two-tier model of health insurance, with a public and a private sector. The latter is divided between for-profit healthcare institutions and voluntary not-for-profit ones, often run by religious organisations. For-profit health insurance currently covers around 50% of the Irish population, many of whom are either not covered by Ireland’s national health service, run by the Health Service Executive (HSE), or prefer to avoid problems in public healthcare provision, such as lengthy waiting times and overcrowding. We will look at some of your options below.   more ...

Ireland > Health


How To Keep Fit And Healthy In Ireland

Thursday April 02, 2020 (08:28:08)

If you are living and working in Ireland, then you should not have too much difficulty in finding opportunities to keep fit and healthy. Ireland has a high standard of living and some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe, so there are lots of chances to get out and about. With an extensive coastline, some world class golf courses and a wide array of spa resorts, Ireland is the ideal place to keep active and well.   more ...

Ireland > Health


Dental And Ophthalmic Care In Ireland: How To Find The Right Options For You

Friday March 27, 2020 (17:34:58)

In both the public and private healthcare sectors, dental and optical treatment are of a high standard in Ireland. What dental treatment you can access will depend on whether you are signed up with the national healthcare system. For instance, whether you hold a medical card or a GP visit card. If you do, then you will be entitled to some dental treatment under the public healthcare system, but if don’t, you may still be able to avoid paying out of pocket. We will look at some of your options below.   more ...

Ireland > Moving


How To Apply For A Visa In Ireland

Thursday March 12, 2020 (13:28:51)

Ireland has become a popular destination for a number of foreign nationals. For example, many British citizens are currently investigating the possibility of moving there following Brexit, in order to remain a part of the European Union (EU). There is also a significant expat community from North America. Read on to learn about Ireland’s immigration laws, and for information on how to apply for a visa.   more ...

Ireland > Working


How To Find A Job In Ireland

Monday December 09, 2019 (13:52:09)

Any individual from the European Economic Area (EEA) can apply for work in Ireland without a visa or work permit. Those wishing to emigrate from outside the EEA must secure either a visa or work permit before they are eligible to find jobs in the country.   more ...

Ireland > Financial


Taxation in Ireland: An Expat Guide

Monday February 25, 2019 (12:16:40)

It’s often said that nothing is certain in this world except for two things: death and taxes. In Ireland, there’s a popular saying that you can be certain of three things: death, taxes and rain! Whether you’re new to Ireland, or considering a move, it pays to understand the ins and outs of the tax system. Here’s what you need to know.

The Practicalities

The first thing you will need to do if you are moving to Ireland is apply for a personal public service number. This is required for all dealings with public service agencies, including the Revenue Office.   more ...

Ireland > Property


Buying Property In Ireland? Here's What You Need To Know

Thursday January 24, 2019 (21:04:43)

“The best investment on earth is earth”, said investor and philanthropist Louis Glickman. Whether you’re considering buying a new home, a holiday residence, a rental or business property, Ireland holds many exciting possibilities.   more ...

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