Full-time education is compulsory from the age of 6 to 16 and there is no nationwide subsidised pre-school system. The Department of Education and Skills is responsible for the educational system in Ireland.
If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss national and are travelling or staying in Ireland you are entitled to receive free maintenance and treatment in public beds in Health Service Executive (HSE) and voluntary hospitals should you become ill or have an accident.
Income taxBefore you start working in Ireland, it’s essential that you get a Personal Public Service (PPS) number, which will register and identify you on the tax system. To obtain your PPS number you will need to visit your local Social Welfare branch and take with you proof of your address. You will also need identification. Visit www.welfare.
Keep left!If you come from continental America or continental Europe you may be put off driving by the fact that the Irish drive “on the wrong side of the road”. Don’t be! You will get used to it in no time.Driving licencesIt is possible to transfer or exchange a licence from most EU countries and some others (notably Australia, Japan, South Korea
Ireland receives generally warm summers and mild winters. It is considerably warmer than other areas on its latitude, because it lies in the north-eastern Atlantic Ocean, and as a result is warmed by the North Atlantic current all year.
Here are a few quick facts and figures about Ireland to get you started. As Ireland is a full member of the European Union, if you have the right of citizenship in any EU or EEA country (plus Switzerland) you are free to live and work in Ireland. If you are from outside these countries, please take a look at the section on work permits and visas.