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Here you’ll find top tips for working holidaymakers, our picks for this year’s best tourist destinations, business travel advice & much more



Moving to Ireland – Complete Guide

Moving abroad is always a big step requiring a lot of planning and coordination. So, be prepared for this change in your lifestyle. It might be good to know that all European Union passport holders are not required a visa to live and work in Ireland. However, people from the countries below need to get […]

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42 percent Increase in the Number of Irish Work Permits Issued Last Year

The total number of Irish work permits issued in 2014 amounted to 5,495 which is a huge increase compared to 2013. The industries that attracted the majority of the newcomers to Ireland were the health industries and the IT sector – almost two-thirds of all work permits went in one of these business areas. Unsurprisingly, […]

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Studying Abroad – A Complete Guide

Studying abroad is a life-changing experience and probably one of the most rewarding things you can do for yourself. Top 6 Reasons to Choose Studying Abroad? It’s an opportunity to get to know other cultures. It’s an opportunity to travel a lot. It’s an opportunity to better learn a language. It’s an opportunity to gain […]

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A new British-Irish Visa Announced

This visa scheme will enable international tourists to travel to both countries with one and the same short-stay visa. Travellers from non-EU countries will be able to move freely between both countries on the same permit. This pilot project will be firstly launched for Chinese and Indian passport holders and later on rolled out widely. […]

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Top Employers are Trying to Plug the Skills Shortage in Ireland

  About 50% more work permits were issued to non-nationals in Ireland for the first seven months of 2014. A lot of the work permits were issued in the ICT sector.   There’s an extremely high demand of experienced IT specialists in the country at the moment because a huge number of these professionals left […]

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Irish tourism industry hurt by austerity measures

The recent initiative of reducing the sales tax for hotels, restaurants and other tourist facilities in Ireland has been a success. The tax cut produced more than 16 000 jobs and contributed significantly for the revenues of the Irish hospitality businesses. Many experts are however concerned that another round of austerity measures that will be […]

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Ideal Hen Weekend Destinations in Ireland This Summer

Summer is the most anticipated season for a lot of people. It means more sun and clear blue skies which makes it the perfect season to go outdoors and enjoy various recreational activities. Now, for a lot of folks, it is also the season to get a tan and spend time by the beach. Since […]

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Don’t Get Gobsmacked: A Guide to Irish Slang

Technically, Ireland is an English-speaking country. So why is it that so many visitors feel like they are speaking a foreign language when trying to communicate with the locals? Much like in the U.S., there are different regional accents throughout Ireland, some of which are incomprehensible to American ears. But beyond the different ways of […]

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