Expat Ireland News

Latest 10 news items tagged Ireland

18 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Expat motorists in Europe urged to get a Green Card

UK and expat motorists are being urged to get a green card before driving in Europe. The Association of British Insurers is urging drivers, whether UK expats or British residents, to get a Green Card before driving in Europe once Britain leaves the EU . Guidance published this morning covers a no-deal Brexit and urges drivers to contact their insurers and request a Green Card before travelling by car to or in Europe. The cards will be required as proof of valid insurance, and those travelling without one will be breaking the law. The...
8 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Huge increase in Brits applying for EU passports

2018 has broken all records for the number of Brits applying for EU passports. It’s no surprise that the number of British citizens applying for European Union passports soared in 2018, and the rush is now on for the remainder of Brit expats desperate to keep their right to free movement after 29 March this year. The Republic of Ireland was the focus of the majority of new applicants, eligible if their parents or grandparents were born there. In 2017, numbers applying rose by 24 per cent over 2016, and last year’s rise over the...
1 Jan at 6 PM 2019

US Ambassador to UK slams massive bilateral post-Brexit trade deal

UK expats hoping against hope the PM’s deal will be rejected resulting in a new referendum and the end of Brexit may have the USA on their side, but not in the expected manner. At the time of the Brexit vote, great hopes of a major bipartisan trade deal with the USA were mooted, but the US Ambassador seems to have indicated it won’t happen. According to national media, Woody Johnson believes that, although Trump would like to see a deal, May’s negotiated EU agreement would prevent the USA from offering a bilateral deal as it’s...
24 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Irish expats reluctant to return home due to high taxes and poor health service

Irish expats are uncertain about repatriation due to high taxes and a failing health service. Following an appeal from the Irish government urging expats to return home and fill the skills shortage, Irish professionals working abroad are listing the reasons why they’d rather stay overseas. Key barriers include Ireland’s high levels of income tax and lack of necessary investment in its healthcare services, with the shortage of suitable housing and the Republic’s ageing infrastructure also mentioned. The comments were made as...
19 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Irish skills shortage prompts calls for expats to return home

Due to its present-day booming economy, Ireland is now short of skilled workers in a number of sectors. Irish recruitment agencies are having a hard time filling vacancies in the IT, construction, healthcare and financial sectors due to high levels of professionals leaving the country during the economic downturn after the 2008 financial crash. Estimates show around 100,000 Irish nationals emigrated to Australia during that time, with Canada, the USA and New Zealand also receiving a huge influx. Although statistics for 2017 show more...
17 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Oz and Brit expats can get UK pensions retirement bonuses due to Brexit chaos

Britain’s Brexit chaos has opened up a loophole which will give anyone who’s worked in the UK for over three years a useful retirement windfall. The loophole will exist until the end of the current financial year, and will apply both to expatriate Britons as well as to Australian and expatriate workers of other nationalities. Basically, the British government in its Brexit chaos has neglected to shut down a pensions purchase discount scheme originally intended for low-income earners, thus creating a useful loophole for savvy expat...
4 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Portugal housing bubble bad news for expat retirees

According to a major ratings agency, house prices in Portugal will keep on rising. Portugal is still considered to be a cheap destination for expat retirees as well as for start-ups and digital nomads, but its ever-rising cost of accommodation may take the shine off its formerly well-deserved fame. For several decades, Portugal’s Algarve region has been the refuge of choice for British expats looking for a warm, inexpensive haven far away from the UK’s cold winters. Sadly, a report by Moody’s ratings agency indicates the haven...
26 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Spain’s Irish expat community is happy to stay forever

There are almost as many Irish expatriates living, working and retiring along Spain’s Costa del Sol as there are refugees from the UK. The Irish expat community in Spain is mostly concentrated in the Costa del Sol region and, according to those living the dream, are more Irish than they ever were in the auld country. If they do return occasionally to the Emerald Isle, it’s only to visit friends and family or to attend wedding and funerals. The thought of returning to Ireland permanently simply doesn’t occur, with most saying...
6 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Recruitment firm offers free flights back home to Irish expats in Oz

In an attempt to persuade Irish expats living and working in Australia to return home, FRS Recruitment is offering free flights for those filling job vacancies. The company is putting on roadshows in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne between November 8 and 13, offering practical advice as well as logistics and job details including salaries. Job sectors in focus will include IT, healthcare, finance, construction, and pharmaceuticals, all of which are suffering from skills shortages causing difficulty in filling open positions with...
30 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Is the Rock still at risk from Brexit?

Is the Gibraltar dilemma really sorted? Most expat residents on Gibraltar and the Spanish workers who travel across the border daily may be feeling more secure since the news broke about a Brexit deal, but are they celebrating too soon? It’s good that the move is in the positive direction, thus easing fears of a Spanish takeover, but the Rock is a still a small piece of the complicated jigsaw of the Brexit negotiations. The entire two years of talks have been conducted on the basis of ‘nothing is agreed until everything is...