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The Republic of Ireland is a member of the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA). Located on the western edge of Europe. It is an island of great beauty with rugged mountains, blue lakes, ancient castles, long sandy beaches and picturesque harbors. The climate is temperate all year round. The capital is Dublin and other major cities are Cork, Galway and Limerick.

It has a population of barely 3.7 million inhabitants and an area of 70,282 kms, and enjoys one of the cleanest environments in Europe. Its still a virgin field, provides an excellent location for leisure activities such as hiking, biking, golfing, trecking or horseback riding, among others.

Ireland is also ideal for water sports, with more than 5,000 kilometers of coastline and numerous rivers and lakes .

Ireland has a rich cultural heritage with its relics of stone over thousands of years. The prestigious tradition of education dates from the Middle Ages, when Ireland became known as the Island of Saints and Scholars.
The Irish are relaxed, friendly, spontaneous, hospitable and love to talk. This is reflected in the impact the Irish have had in the world of culture in the world, is a land of writers, musicians, painters and poets.
By maintaining the traditional values, Ireland has experienced a period of very considerable economic growth in recent years, with over half the population under 30 years of age.

The country is vibrant with energy, vitality and creativity. Despite its increasing urbanization, Ireland remains a safe and welcoming country.

Study English in Ireland and enjoy the warmth and hospitality unmatched anywhere you go, where the legacy of the past meets the future.


The official languages are English and Gaelic. While English is the language most spoken, Gaelic is not widespread, only in certain parts of the west coast, an area known as the Gaeltacht, speaking English is sufficient for the purpose of working in Ireland.


The monetary unit is the Euro.

Time in Ireland

An hour less than in Spain and the rest of the continent.

Electricity in Ireland

The current is 220V across the country. There are two types of outlets, with three flat teeth and three round prongs, so it is quite possible that an adapter is necessary.

Driving in Ireland

Unlike the rest of the EEA, drive on the left, and the United Kingdom.

Phone Calls in Ireland

From Spain to Ireland 00 + 353 + area code by removing the first "0" + phone number.

From Ireland to Spain 00 + 34 + area code + phone number.

Spain Direct Telephone service for collect calls from Ireland: 1800550034

Emergency Services

There are free phones for all emergency services, police, fire, ambulance: 999 or 112

Health in Ireland

Before traveling to Ireland to request information on Social Security. You will receive the appropriate form of the series E-100. Starting on June 1, 2004 forms a temporary stay, mainly E-111 and E-128, have been replaced by the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This card is individual and certifies the holder's right to receive urgent medical assistance. The validity period stated in the European Health Card.

To obtain will go to any of the Information and Support Centres of the Social Security (CAISS) National Institute of Social Security, which will be issued immediately upon identification. If it is the owner dependents shall also P-1 model, in which are the family members. Soon you will be requested through the virtual office of the Social www.seg Once in Ireland, for medical assistance must contact the "Local Health Board" where is a list of assigned general practitioners to it. To contact the physician, must submit Form E-100 or the European health insurance card and clearly state that you want to receive treatment in accordance with the provisions of the European Community Social Security. Many doctors working for public and private simultaneously so that if you go to the doctor as a private patient is not free will be covered by Community legislation.

In case of emergency to be admitted to a hospital, you must present the above mentioned documents at the administration section of the hospital. Services to internal and external patients that are provided in public hospitals are provided free of charge.

To obtain the drugs perscriptions are necessary and are provided by the general practitioner under the above system at any pharmacy, without having to pay any amount.

The information on the coverage provided by Ireland European health insurance card is in

Education in Ireland

Ireland has a system of free public education covering primary and secondary. There are also private schools at both levels. These schools receive no state subsidy and the Ministry of Education has no control over them.

Schooling is compulsory full-time between 5 and 16 years.

Primary pupils are between 5 and 12 There is no national system of subsidized preschool education, but in practice all children 5 years and half of those aged 4 go to school.

Secondary education covers pupils aged 12 to 18 years, and is compulsory up to 16 (Junior Cycle). Books, uniforms and examination fees are paid in high school itself, although there is support for families with low incomes.

For information on state education, private and higher education in Ireland, contact:
Marlborough St
Dublin 1
Tel: + 353 (01) 8896400

Recognition of qualifications in Ireland

If you have a degree, it is essential to learn about this before leaving Spain. Information can be found at: ;  The information provided in this section referred to professional recognition. That is, the process by which it is recognized in the field of EEE the possibility of pursuing a profession outside the country. There are two possible cases:
Non-regulated professions in the host country (those whose exercise is not regulated by law): In this case, applies the law of the market. It all depends on personal and professional qualities of the candidate and the assessment of them made by the employer.
Regulated professions in the host country: Covered by a sectoral directive (doctors, nurses, dentists, architects, veterinarians, etc..) Persons qualified in their country may work in another Member State, subject to professional recognition by the competent authority the host country.

Therefore, the first thing to know is if we want to exercise the profession or not regulated in Ireland. If it were regulated, before starting the process in Ireland, one should contact the Department of Qualifications, Validations and Approvals Spanish Ministry of Education for ACCREDITATION TITLE. The information in the documentation to be submitted and the application are available on the website of the Ministry of Education set at the beginning of this section.

The following applications for professional recognition should be addressed to the competent authority in Ireland on the regulated profession that wishes to exercise. To find the relevant competent authority, contact the Higher Education Authority:

NARIC - National Academic Recognition Information Authority
Higher Education Authority
3rd Floor, Marine House, Clanwilliam Court
Dublin 2
Tel: + 353 1 661 27 48 Ó también

National Qualifications Authority of Ireland
5th floor. Jervis House
Jervis Street
Dublin, 1
Tel:+ 353 1 887 1500 The list of relevant professional bodies or associations for professional recognition can be obtained also through the web of Irish government information under the heading work Ireland

Legal Assistance in Ireland

We must remember that when living in Ireland, is subject to Irish law. If you have legal difficulties, contact the Spanish Embassy, will guide you in the right direction for legal advice.

Spanish Embassy
17 th Merlyn Park
Dublin 4
Tel: + 353 1 269 16 40-269 25 97-283 88 27, 283 99 00
Fax: + 353 1 269 18 54 and 260 16 47

Turismo de Irlanda
Paseo de la Castellana 46, 3 Planta
28046 Madrid
Tel: 917 456 420
Fax: 915 776 934

The European Economic Area citizens can move, live and work in any member country, enjoying the same rights as nationals of the country of your choice. This freedom of movement extends to their family or their dependents, regardless of their nationality.

Therefore, a national of an EEA member country, you can access in Ireland to any work, whether for hire or reward and own account without having to apply for a work permit and have the same rights as Irish nationals salary, working conditions, access to housing, vocational training, social security and unions.

To work in Ireland one must have the "Irish Personal Public Service Number, known as PPS number. To get it you must go to the office of Social Welfare. The documents to be presented are:

• Passport or D.N.I into force
• A document stating an address in Ireland (letter from the owner of where you live)
• Fill out a form that you provide in the office of Social Welfare.

More information about the application process by telephone 00 353 (0) 1 874 84 44 or web

The Social Welfare offices can be located by this locator: FÁS, is the Irish public employment service. On their website you will find any job sorted by regions or sectors. It is very comprehensive and there are many offers. They have an option for your CV and let them add you to a database to provide poderte work. When required, this application will be sent to employers, who will contact the person directly.

You can go directly to the office and see where the job offers touch-screen computers where you can view and print the same ones that interest you, you also have a bulletin board with the latest deals sorted by location.

How to stop paying emergency rates in Ireland

Once you get the PPS Number and you found a job, you should immediately solicitor for "Tax Credits", otherwise you will pay the highest tax, 42% instead of 20%.

To apply for a certificate of loan rates need to fill out an application form and submit it to the Tax Office that will be.

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

If your employer does not have the form 12 , you can download it here: Unloading form 12a

Realization of CV's and Cover Letters in Ireland

Cover Letter: contain only one page. You have to start with a brief reference you where you saw the job ad, then make a brief statement of the reasons that lead you to apply for this particular job. Mention the name of the company, the reference of the work required and the position for which you are applying.

Curriculum: Try to make it "easier" with a font and without much design. The most usual format is to use the table for it.

Start the CV with the name, address and phone number and your email. The date of birth is optional, if you do not put it in it is not important. Then make a brief description of a few lines about your personal and professional virtues.

Then put it in reverse chronological order (first, last), the work you have done, noting the company name, month and year to begin and end on the job, workplace and especially "detail" the tasks performed in it.

Then you have to itemize your studies, followed by another section that zithers your computer skills, foreign language skills both written and spoken and hobbies.

References of work insert "Referees available on request" and if you pass the interview you will be asked for two phone numbers to check those references.

Labor Day

Normally the working day is 40 hours per week

The minimum wage is 8.65 Euros an hour, totalling 346 Euros per week. In many places payment is weekly.The salaries mentioned are "Before taxes."

Taxes in Ireland

If you make less than 34,000 Euros gross per year you will pay 20% tax and if you earn over this amount, you will pay 42%, but only on the amount over the €32,000. If you earn 40,000 euros a year,you would pay 20% of the first 34,000 euros and 42% of the 6,000 remaining.

The most common occurance is that at first one is discounted by 42% in what is called "emergence rates, but as you take out the PPS Number (social security number) in the office of Social Welfare and your employer gives the data to the tax office, the rate will go down to 20% and you will be refunded any overpayment made in the next payroll.

Contracts in Ireland

Unlike Spain, Ireland employment contracts are not defined, so that the terms and conditions of employment depend on the agreement established between the employer and employee.

The employer must provide the employee a written statement of the terms and conditions of employment, within two months from the date of commencement of employment (Terms of Employment Act 1994-2001).

In this written statement must include at least information on: name and address of employer and worker, place of work, nature of work, start date, duration of contract, wage calculation system, frequency of pay, hours of work , shifts and breaks, leave, sick leave, notice, contract enforcement and hourly wage.

If this information is not received written, you might consider a complaint to the Rights Commissioner. (Rights Commissioner)


An annual week of each period of three months worked, or 8% of total hours worked up to a maximum of 4 weeks or four weeks if they have worked 1,365 hours a year.

Social Security in Ireland

The Department of Social and Familiy Affairs, manages contributions and social security payments in Ireland. The system is known as Pay-Related Social Insurance (PRSI), ie linked to social insurance contributions. Indeed the contributions depend on income and type of work done.

There are different kinds of Social Security contributions, the benefits of each of these kinds of contributions are different. Contributions to class to cover all contingencies:
common illness, unemployment, disability, maternity and adoption, occupational disease, pensions for widows, orphans and retirement, family support for dependent care and other social benefits. The majority of workers listed in the class A.

Classes C, D, B, E, H, J, S, K, M and P pay contributions at a rate lower than A, and the consequence is that you have access to all benefits.

Contributions are deducted from wages by the company, there are different types of contributions depending on the level of wages.

For further information on PRSI system in: Regarding social benefits, the right to obtain upon fulfilling certain requirements. In general is discussed: what kind of contributions have been paid, the age at which it went public, what has been quoted, has been quoted as the year preceding the application for benefits. Some features available are: unemployment, disability, maternity, adoption, health, disability, widows 'and orphans' pensions, family care.

You can see the various benefits, entrance requirements and rates at:

Job seekers in Ireland - Jobs in Ireland

Jobs in Ireland by sectors


Jobs in Ireland for students and graduates
Jobs for graduates:
Jobs, postgraduate courses:
Living, English courses, education,
Irish Council International Students:
Directory software companies:

Flights to Ireland

- Aer Lingus, for reservations:
Fly to Dublin from: Alicante, Barcelona, Bilbao, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Madrid, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Santiago de Compostela, Sevilla, Tenerife Fly to Cork from: Alicante, Barcelona, Lanzarote, Madrid, Malaga and Tenerife

- Ryan Air, for bookings:
Fly to Shannon from Biarritz, Fuerteventura, Girona, Madrid, Malaga, Lanzarote, Tenerife and Murcia Fly to Dublin from Alicante, Barcelona-Girona, Barcelona Reus Fuerteventura, Madrid, Malaga, Murcia, Sevilla, Tenerife, Valencia and Vitoria.

- Aer Arann, for reservations:
Small company based in Galway. There are several daily flights between Dublin and Galway, also from Dublin, Cork and Kerry. It also flies from London Luton to Galway, or we could fly to Luton and then straight to Galway. The flight from Dublin to Galway is 45 minutes.

Buses and trains in Ireland

There are three companies that travel between Dublin and Galway

- Bus Eireann, the state company.

- Citylink, with direct service from Dublin Airport to Galway.

- NestorLink, also from Dublin Airport to Galway.

- The journey from Shannon to Galway do Citylink Bus Eireann and
- The service between Dublin and Galway by train takes just under three hours.

Ferries to Ireland

If you want to go to Ireland with your own car, you can go on a ferry. For more information see the following links: