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The destination of Ireland is a good bet for the western expatriate. Indeed, the European Union’s Eurostat barometer and The World Happiness Report ranks Ireland near the top in quality of life in Europe. The country also has consistently fared well on a number of indicators in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s annual Better Life Index. They have particularly done well in such as areas as air quality, health, subjective well-being and social networking. Ireland’s mountains, thick forests and coastline also offer a host of opportunities to nature-loving outdoorsy expats while Dublin’s urban scene provides great cafes, pubs, shopping malls and cinemas to the more cosmopolitan types. Ireland is safe, fairly easy to navigate and its people are generally warm and helpful.

Satisfying sites on lifestyle in Ireland.

expatarrivals-ireland        oecd-ireland      irishtimes-dublin      irishexaminer      expatfocus–ireland

Cost of Living

Cost of living

Residing in Ireland is generally a bit more expensive than most other expat destinations. Indeed, according to Xpatulator’s July 2017 report, the cost of living in Ireland is higher than the international average. This becomes apparent when one purchases any number of goods and services such as household accommodations, transport, restaurant meals, alcohol, hotels, retail recreational activities and personal care items. On the other hand, other items are quite reasonably priced like healthcare, groceries, furniture, appliances, clothing and Internet plans. Assuming the western expatriate teacher is able to negotiation a fair remuneration from his or her international school employer, he or she should be able to live comfortably in Ireland.

Satisfying sites on cost of living in Ireland

xpatulator-ireland       numbeo-ireland     expatarrivals-ireland     irishcentral-ireland



Ireland enjoys a temperate maritime climate, due mainly to its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and the presence of the Gulf Stream. Summers are warm, while temperatures during winter are much cooler. Spring and autumn are very mild, with rainfall expected all year round.  Typical winter weather in Ireland is clouds and rain with the occasional sunny spell. Some years Ireland is struck by a heatwave during summer.

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Visa Restrictions

Visa Restrictions

If you are a European Union National you have the entitlement to work in any European Union member country without needing to obtain a work permit. The only exception to this is if you are planning to work in Croatia where some restrictions can apply. However you should still investigate the consequences of working and the effect this will have on your benefits (health insurance, maternity/paternity, pensions, occupational accidents and diseases, death grants, unemployment, early retirement, family benefits), and the implications of where and how much tax you pay. The European Union offers this Tax advise at its Your Europe website. Once you have been in an EU country for more than 3 months you will be required to register your residence and obtain a residency permit.

If you are not a European Union National then you will require a work permit. The requirements for this often differ depending on your Nationality. For the latest up to date information for entry please visit Department for Foreign Affairs website.

Safety and Security

Safety and Security

The political and security status of countries around the world are constantly changing, to keep up with the current situation in any country please monitor the relevant Government websites and international news. The links below also provide useful indicators for prospective travelers:

The UK Foreign Office         US State Department         BBC World News         Al Jazeera   

School Profile Pages

Please click on the school below to access the school profile page*. This is a new resource and we will be adding more profiles asap.

  • International School of Dublin
  • International School SEK Dublin
  • St Andrew`s College
  • Sutton Park School

Please let us know if the schools details need updating.
The information on this page has been gathered by the Leopardfish team. However staff, websites and contract benefits change regularly. If you discover one of these changes please let us know by emailing us at admin@leopardfish.
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