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On Ireland

The Republic of Ireland is a member of the European Union (EU) and of the European Economic State (EEE). It is situated on the western edge of Europe. Ireland is an island of great beauty with mountains, blue lakes, old castles, sandy beaches and picturesque ports. The climate is moderate all year round. The capital is Dublin and other important cities are Cork, Galway and Limerick.

It has a population of 3,7 million inhabitants and with an extension of 70.282 km2, it enjoys one of the cleanest environments in Europe. It provides an excellent location for hobbies such as hiking, cycling, golf, horse- riding, treking among others.

Ireland is also ideal for aquatic sports, with more than 5.000 kilometres of seaboard and numerous rivers and lakes to practice on.

Ireland has a rich cultural inheritance in relics of stone going back thousands of years. The prestigious tradition in education dates from the middle Ages, when Ireland came to be known as the Island of Saints and Scholars.

The Irish are relaxed, friendly, spontaneous, hospitable and they love to converse. This reflects itself on the impact that the Irishman has had in the world of culture, it is land of writers, musicians, painters and poets.

Although maintaining the traditional values, Ireland has crossed a period of very considerable economic growth in recent years with more than the half of the population under 30-years old.

The country is vibrant, with energy, vitality and creativity. In spite of its growing urbanization, Ireland continues to be a welcoming and positive country.

Study English in Ireland and enjoy the culture and the hospitality, which is unbeatable, and where the inheritance of the past is mixed with that of the future.

Language

The official languages are English and Gaelic. Though English is the language that is more widely spoken, the Gaelic is exclusive, in certain parts of the western coast, known as the Gaeltacht. English is sufficient with the objective of working in Ireland.

Currency

The monetary unit is the Euro.

Time

An hour behind Europe.

Electricity


The currency is 220V throughout the country. Two types exist of you take electric items with you, with three flat teeth and three round teeth. It is necessary to obtain an adaptor.

Driving

As opposed to the remainder of the EEE, the Irish drive on the left, as in the United Kingdom.

Telephone Calls

From Spain to Ireland: 00 353 code of the area removing the first one "0" number of the credited.
From Ireland to Spain: 00 34 provincial prefix number of the credited.
Spain Direct, the service of Telephone for calls to collection reverted, from Ireland: 1800550034

Emergency Services

Free telephones exist for all emergency services: Police, firemen, ambulance: 999 or 112

Health

Before travelling to Ireland request information on Social Security. They will forward the corresponding form of the series AND-100. From the 1st day of June, 2004 the forms of temporary stay, fundamentally AND-111 and AND-128, have been substituted for the European Sanitary Card (TSE). This card is unique and certifies the right of its holder to receive urgent health care. The period of validity is evident from the European Sanitary Card.

To obtain same, one should go to any of the Centres of Attention and Information of the Social Security (CAISS) of the National Institute of the Social Security, where they can obtain the card, subject to personal identification. One should present the model one P-1 form. Soon it can be requested through the office of the Social Security www.seg-social.es

Once in Ireland, to receive health care one must contact the "Local Health Board" where a list of the doctors of general medicine is available. Upon contacting the doctor, one must present the form E-100 or the European sanitary card and to explain clearly that you wish to receive health care according to the dispositions of the European Community in matter of Social Security. Many doctors work for the private and public system simultaneously so be careful to declare the form as if the doctor thinks you are a private patient, you will not be covered for free with this form.

In case you urgently need to go to hospital, you should present the documents mentioned above at the administration office of the hospital. The services for sick patients internally and externally are covered by this form.

For obtaining medicine it is sufficient to present the prescription, supplied by the doctor of general medicine under the system before mentioned, to any pharmacy.

The information on the cover provided in Ireland the European sanitary card is found in www.ehic.ie

Education

Ireland has a system of free and public education that covers the primary and secondary school. Private schools at both levels also exist. These schools do not receive any type of state subsidy and the Department of Education does not have control over the same.

The school is obligatory full-time between the ages of 5 and 16 years.

The first grade school covers students between 5 years and 12 years No national system of pre-school education exists as it is private, but in practice all children of 4/5 years years are educated.

The secondary education covers students between 12 and 18 years, being obligatory up to 16years (Junior Cycle). The books, uniform and rates of exams in secondary are paid, and subsidies for families with low income levels exist.

For information on private and state education in Ireland, to be directed to:

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Marlborough St
Dublin 1
Tel:+ 353 (01) 8896400
www.education.ie

Recognition of qualifications

If you have a qualification, it is advisable to report this before leaving Spain. Information can be found on:

www.mec.es http://europa.eu.int/citizensrights/index_es.cfm

The information provided in this paragraph refers to professional recognition from another Country. That is to say, the procedure by which a profession from another Country is recognised by the EEE and the possibility to use your profession from one Country in another. There are two cases:

Irregular Professions in the Host country

(those who work illegally)

In this case, the law of the Country applies. It depends on the professional qualifications and personnel of the candidate and of the appraisal that they have from the employer.

Regular Professions in the Host country

Where you are covered by a sectorial Board of directors (eg. medical, nurses, dentists, architects, veterinary, etc.) : the said professional people will be able to use their profession in another Country subject to recognition of their profession by the Host Countries competent authority.

Therefore, the first thing that one must know is if the profession that they want to use is or is not regulated in Ireland. If it is, one should make contact with the General assistant Directorship of Titles, Validations and Endorsements of the Department of Spanish Education to obtain an ACCREDITATION OF THE TITLE. The information on the documentation to present can be obtained in the web page of the Department of Education, the address for which is given above.

Subsequently, the requests for professional recognition should be directed to the competent authority in Ireland relating to that profession. For more information on the corresponding competent authority, contact the Higher Education Authority:

NARIC - National Academic Recognition Information Authority
Higher Education Authority
3rd Floor, Marinate House, Clanwilliam Court
Dublin 2
Tel: + 353 1 661 27 48
Info@hea.ie
www.hea.ie

also

National Qualifications Authority of Ireland
5th floor. Jervis House
Jervis Street
Dublin, 1
Tel:+ 353 1 887 1500
info@nqai.ie
http://www.nqai.ie/en/

The list of the schools or competent professional associations for professional recognition can be obtained also through the web, http://www.citizensinformation.ie

Legal aid

It is important to remember that when residing in Ireland, you reside according to the Irish legislation. If you have legal difficulties, contact with your irish Embassy, they will be able to advise the best way to obtain legal advice.

www.dfa.ie

Work

The citizens of the European Economic Space can travel to and work in any member country, enjoying the same rights that the national of the country of their choice. This free circulation extends to ones relatives, anyone with European nationality.

Therefore, all nationals of a member country of the EEE, can agree to work in Ireland independently or for someone else without the need to have a work permit and will have the same rights as an Irish person with regards to salary, working conditions, living conditions, vocational training, social security or union affiliation.

To work in Ireland it is compulsory to have an "Irish Personal Public Service Number", known like PPS number. To obtain it one must contact the office of the Social Welfare. The documents to present are:

  • Passport
  • Document that proves residence in Ireland (letter from the owner of where you live, utility bill in your name)
  • You fill out a form that will be given to you at the office of the Social one Welfare.
  • For more information contact by telephone 00 353 (0) 1 874 84 44 or in the web http://www.welfare.ie/topics/ppsn/apply.html

    The offices of the Social Welfare can be found on http://test.oasis.gov.ie/service_finder/

    FÁS, is the public office for Irish employment. On its web page http://www.ww.fas.ie you will find job opportunities by zones or sectors. It is very precise and there are many posiitons. They allow you to leave your CV with them and they add you to a database for work opportunities. When required, this request will be sent to the employers, who will communicate with you directly.

    You can go directly to the office and view the job openings on Computer with touch screens and you can print the ones that interest you. There is also a message board with the job opportunities.

    Emergency Tax

    Once you have received the PPS Number and have found a job, you should contact the Tax Office to obtain your Tax Credits, otherwise you will have to pay the maximum tax of 42% instead of a 20%.

    To apply for a credit rates certificate you need to fill in an application form and deliver it in the Tax Office.

    You can ask your employer for the form 12ª and they will tell you where to deliver it.

    If your employer does not have the form 12ª, you can obtain it you from: Desgargar form 12a

    Preparation of CV´s and letters of introduction

    Letter of introduction: This will be sufficient with one page. You have to begin by giving your references and where you have seen the job opportunity prepare a brief exposition synopsis as to why you require this job . Mention the business name, and your references.

    Résumé: Keep it "simple", without complication. Make it easily legible.

    Begin the CV with your name, address and telephone, as well as your e-mail. The date of birth is somewhat optional. Prepare a brief description of your employment history and personal virtues.

    Subsequently you put in reverse chronological order (first the last one), your past work experience, indicating the business name, the month and year you began and finished the job and above all "in detail" the tasks that you carried out in each job.

    Then you have to detail your studies, followed by another section in which cited your know-how of data processing, knowledge of so much foreign tongues written as spoken and hobbies.

    The references of the works are not inserted , you limit what you to say "References available on request" and if you pass the interview two telephone numbers will be necessary for the said references.

    Working day

    Normally the working day is of 40 weekly hours. The minimum wage is of 8.65 Euro per hour. In many places they pay weekly. The salaries mentioned are "before taxes".

    Taxes

    If you earn less than €34.000 annually , you pay 20% tax and over this amount the tax increases to 42%. . If you earn €40.000 annually, you pay 20% on the first 34.000 Euro and 42% on the remaining €6,000.00.

    It is standard that you are initially taxed at 42% which is called "rates of emergency", but as soon as the PPS Number is set up (number of the social security) in the office of the Social one Welfare http://www.welfare.ie and your employer sends the information to the tax office, they refund you the 20% that they discounted you in the next payroll.

    Contract

    As opposed to Spain, in Ireland the labour contracts are not characterized, the terms and conditions of the employment depend on the agreement established between the employer and the worker.

    The businessman should provide the worker with a statement of the terms and labour conditions, in a maximum time limit of two months from the date of commencement of employment (Terms of Employment Act 1994-2001).

    In this written statement he should include at least, information on: Name and direction of the employer and of the worker; place of work; nature of the work, date of commencement, duration of the contract, system of calculation of the salary, frequency of the salary, working hours, shifts and breaks, permissions, illness, legal notice, covenant of application and salary per hour.

    If this written information is not received, a claim can be brought before the Commissioner of Rights. (Commissioner Rights)

    Holidays

    An annual week for each period of three months worked, or 8% of the total hours worked to a maximum of 4 weeks, or four weeks, if 1.365 hours in the year have been worked.

    Social Security

    The Department of Social and Family Affairs administers the contributions and the payments of social security in Ireland. The system is known like Pie-Related Social Insurance (PRSI), that is to say, social security connected with quotations. Really the quotations depend on the incomes and of the type of work that is carried out.

    Different classes of quotations to the Social Security exist; the benefits by-products of each one of these classes of quotation are different. The quotations to the class TO cover all the contingencies:

    Common illness, unemployment, invalidity, maternity and adoption, professional illness, widow's pensions, orphanhood and retirement, aids by care of dependent relatives and other social benefits. The majority of workers they quote are in the class A.

    The classes C, D, B, AND, H, J, S, K, M and P pay quotations with a lower rate to the TO, and the consequence is that itself does not have access to the totality of social security benefits.

    The contributions are deduced from the salary by the business; there are diverse types of quotations according to the level of the salaries.

    For more information on the system of PRSI view : www.welfare.ie/publications/sw14.html

    As for the social security benefits, the right to obtain them depends on the compliance of a series of requirements. In general analysis is based on the class of quotations they have paid, the age , amount quoted, as much as the previous year to the request of benefits has been quoted. Some of the available benefits are: Unemployment, disability, maternity, adoption, health, invalidity, widowhood and orphan hood, retirement, carers of relatives.

    To view the different benefits, the requirements of access and the amounts go to : www.welfare.ie

    Search engines of work in Ireland

    www.recruitireland.com
    www.jobs.ie
    www.irishJobs.com
    www.employireland.com
    www.nixer.com
    www.manpower.ie
    www.synergyrecruit.com
    www.icejobs.ie
    www.cpl.ie
    www.adecco.ie
    www.monster.ie

    By Sectors

    Education:
    www.educationposts.com
    Médical:
    www.medical-posts.com
    Nursing:
    www.nursingboard.ie
    Construction:
    www.construction-jobs.ie
    Accounting:
    www.accountancysolutions.ie
    Hotel Business:
    www.hoteljobs.ie

    For students and titled

    Jobs for titled:
    www.3rd-level.com
    Jobs, courses of post degree:
    www.gradireland.com
    Living conditions, courses of English, education:
    www.educationireland.ie
    Irish Council International Students:
    www.icosirl.ie
    Board of directors data processing businesses:
    www.nsd.ie

    Flights

    - Aer Lingus
    www.aerlingus.com
    - Ryan Air
    www.ryanair.com
    - British Airways
    www.britishairways.com
    - Easyjet
    www.easyjet.com
    - Airfrance
    www.airfrance.es/
    - Aireuropa
    www.air-europa.com
    - Lufthansa
    www.lufthansa.com
    - Germanwings
    www.germanwings.com
    - Swiss Airlines
    www.swiss.com
    - Wizz Air
    http://book.wizzair.com
    - Centralwings
    www.centralwings.com
    - Luxair
    www.luxair.lu
    - Airberlin
    www.airberlin.com
    - Flybmi
    www.flybmi.com
    - Qantas
    www.qantas.com
    - Alitalia
    www.alitalia.com
    - Iberia
    www.iberia.com
    - Aerolineas Argentinas
    www.aerolineas.com.ar
    - Avianca
    www.avianca.com
    - Futura
    www.futura-aer.com
    - Airnostrum
    www.Airnostrum.com
    - Aer Arann
    www.aerarann.com
    Small company based in Galway. There are various daily flights between Dublin and Galway; Also between Dublin, Cork and Kerry.
    Also direct flights from-London Luton to Galway. The flight from Dublin to Galway approx 45 minutes.

    Buses and trains

    - Bus Eireann
    www.buseireann.ie
    - Citylink
    www.citylink.ie
    - NestorLink
    www.nestorairlink.ie
    - Train:
    www.irishrail.ie

    Ferries

    If you want to go to Ireland with your own car, you can go by ferry. For more information connect to the following links:
    www.stenaline.co.uk
    www.irishferries.ie

    Our english schools in Ireland

    We have language schools all over Ireland: Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Killarney, Galway, Ennis, Bray...

    Inglés en Irlanda is registered in Ireland under the name "Inglés en Irlanda" with registration number 336998 as governed by the "Registration of Business Names Act" of the Irish legislation of 1963.

    If you are seeking someone to act on your behalf to place you on the appropriate English Course with a reputable and reliable school as approved by the Department of Irish Education, as well as finding accommodation for you whether it be a flat, apartment or with a Host Family, then look no further.

    Making your reservation through "Ingles en Irlanda" will save you the additional costs of intermediary agencies by negotiating courses of languages in Ireland.

    We have agreements in place with prestigious academies of English in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Killarney and Galway, all the main cities of Ireland. All the academies have been carefully selected and all are reputable by The Department of Irish Education as official schools for the teaching of English as a foreign language.

    We as Agents, receive a commission from the particular school in question. As a result, when someone makes a reservation through us, it is the same as a direct reservation with the school, with no extra charge. We detail the prices of the courses and accommodation per week, which you will be able to verify on the respective schools websites. The majority of the agencies give you the price for the whole package and they do not provide a breakdown as they charge you extra commission. There is no extra commission charge payable by the student when booking through "Ingles en Irlanda".

    The advantage of making your reservation with "Ingles en Irlanda" is that we operate from Ireland, we are based in Ireland and we can help you on a day to day basis. We are constantly contactable.

    The Courses comprise beginners, intermediate and advanced courses, English for professionals, courses to continue education for English teachers, courses for Cambridge exams, business courses and one_to_one courses.

    Contact Ingles en Irlanda

    Agent:  Manolo Sáez-Benito
    Phone: +353 87.75.85.030
    Mail:    info@inglesenirlanda.net
    Mail/Messenger:    inglesenirlanda@hotmail.com
    Skype: Ingles en Irlanda

    Dublin

    Is the capital and the largest city of the Republic of Ireland with 1.000.000 inhabitants. It is situated on the East coast of the island and the river Liffey flows through it. Dublin has progressed a lot recently and is becoming one of the richest cities in Europe.

    Dublin enjoys a temperate climate, characterized for warm winters, fresh summers, and a lack of extreme temperatures.

    In Dublin a north - south division has existed traditionally, with the River Liffey as the dividing line. The North is considered in general as hard-working class, while the South is seen as the upper-middle and average class. This also reflects itself in the Postal Districts of Dublin, with odd numbers used for the districts in the north and even for the south.

    There is a vibrant nightlife in Dublin. The internationally more notable area for these activities is "Temple Bar", to the south of the Liffey. This area has become synonym of stag parties and tourists, to the extent that locals tend to avoid it.

    Dublin has a good network of buses that serve also the neighbourhood and outlying area. For information on all the routes of buses in Dublin, visit Dublin Bus http://www.dublinbus.ie/home/  The LUAS ( http://www.luas.ie/page.php?name=Spanish  goes from the centre of the city and outlying area. The Green Line connects Sandyford with Stephen' s Green, and the hotline connects Tallaght with Connolly Station. The DART http://www.iarnrodeireann.ie/dart/home/  goes along Dublin Bay, from Howth to Greystones and crosses the centre of the city.

    Dublin, with its magnificent Georgian architecture, its rich literary inheritance and a buoyant economy, has become a fashionable and cosmopolitan city, without losing one of the most intimate environments from among all the European capitals.

    Galway

    The city is found on the Atlantic coast, by a precious bay, very near the famous Cliffs of Moher and close to the Arran islands. There is a strong student environment with 9 festivals per year, numerous pubs, record stores, restaurants, traditional Irish music, the river Corrib which divides the city in two parts and the generous hospitality of the inhabitants of Galway provides the perfect destination for learning English.

    Galway has a charming university campus, there are two universities and it has 70.000 inhabitants, of which 30% are students. Galway is respected as the cultural capital of Ireland.

    Galway is the typical city that you find hard to leave , all that travel to Ireland and pass through Galway find themselves "bewitched" by its peoples, environment…. the city is noted as one of the prettiest in Ireland, in part, because of its precious bay with a long promenade that gives to the city a very singular character.

    Although Galway has an airport, the majority of connections are via Dublin or Shannon, Shannon only being an hour and a half from Galway, with direct buses from the airport to Galway.

    Killarney

    Killarney (in Irish: Cill Airne, signifies "The church of the sloe") is a town in County Kerry, Ireland in the southwest. The town is located to the north of the MacGillicuddy mountains, on the northeast coast of by the Lakes of Killarney that form part of Killarney National Park.

    In the town you can visit The Cathedral of María, the Castle of Ross, Muckross Abbey , the Cataract of Torc and the Island of Innisfallen, the location of an early, Christian monastery and ruins.

    Killarney is a twin city of the City of Cooper, Florida and the Agreement, Carolina north.

    Thanks to its inheritance, the history and the natural proximity of world size to the Peninsula of the Wooded Valley, the island of Skellig Michael and its location in the Ring of Kerry, Killarney is a very popular destiny.

    Cork

    Cork is the second city of Ireland situated in the south extreme of the island. The population is approx 140.000 inhabitants and is at present a prosperous shopping area.

    Cork has its own airport, just 8 km from the city. Buses travel directly from the Airport to the City.  There are 3 daily buses to Cork from Dublin Airport. They leave from the "Arrivals Hall, at Stop  8", two buses depart in the morning, the first one at 7:15am, approximate journey is 5 hours, the second departs at 7:35am, approximate journey 6.00 hours . The afternoon bus departs at 17:05pm and approximate journey is 5 hours.

    Cork people are very pleasant, talkative and have a good sense of humour. They welcome people from other countries and are known for their hospitality.

    Cork is a quaint city known for its narrow alleys and street markets, it is a city full of charm, of hills, bridges, Georgian houses, modern stores and pedestrian zones.

    Cork is built on an island between the two main channels of the river Lee.

    Cork, has a rich literary, cultural, and archaeological inheritance. It is known for  its art, music, literature and craft, the unique character of the city was recognized when it was chosen as the Capital of European Culture for 2005.

    Cork is rich in cultural life and each year it is the headquarters of  international festivals in film, jazz, folk dances and the music of Chorus.

    Limerick

    Limerick this situated in the southwest of Ireland, 195 Km from Dublin and 105 Km from Cork and Galway.

    With 52.560 inhabitants, it is the fourth city of Ireland, after Dublin, Cork and Galway.

    Shannon Airport is 20 Km from the city.