Moving to North & South Ireland

Hello and welcome to our website who are specialists in shipping to Ireland services.

1st Ever Ready provide international relocation and removals services with regular weekly loads moving in both directions, to and from each country. Ireland is regularly served by our fleet, and we are able to take full loads, part loads and single items.

1st Ever Ready Services specialise in providing weekly relocation & removal services, with loads moving in both directions covering all parts of North & South Ireland. We offer a full or part packing service & transport everything from a single item to a bedsit, flat/house/office/factory in fact anything as required, nothing is too large or too small for us to undertake. We offer export wrapping, state of the art, professional storage, short or long term (if required), dismantling/reassembling service of flat packed fitments etc, & professional award winning comprehensive service with full 75,000 cover goods in transit insurance. When moving to or from Scotland use 1st Ever Ready Services, Winner of UK's Remover of the Year for 2003 for excellent service & you can be confident of a competitively priced, stress free removal service.

If you are planning to move to Ireland, the following information will give you an overview of what you may need to know before you relocation. It is not an exhaustive guide to Irish Life style but rather those things that are of concern to Irish immigrants.

Overview

Population; 4 million people, 7 million cows, 8 million sheep. More then 1/3 of people live in the Dublin area.

Location; The key thing about Ireland's location is that Britain is close. In fact, the northeast 6 counties of Ireland are part of the United Kingdom. This is the part of the island that always makes the news. Meanwhile, the 26 counties that make up the Republic of Ireland, is the South, where peace has reigned for 85 plus years.

Geography; 70,282 sq.km There's plenty of open space once you get out of the five main cities of Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, and Waterford. Ireland is an island. You can't get more than 150 miles from the sea. The place is wet! If you're not near a beach, then a lake or river isn't far

Climate; Moderate year round with winter temperatures averaging 4 C and summer 16 C. It does rain a fair bit, but the weather is so changeable that a day that begins with showers often slides into sunshine

Language; English is the language everyone speaks, but there's been an official push for decades to encourage the use of the traditional Celtic language called Gaelic. This is the everyday language in small bits of Ireland and you'll also find that road signs, television and radio use both languages.

Currency ; The official currency in Ireland is the Euro.

Government; Ireland is a parliamentary democracy. For the past decade various coalitions of parties have ruled in turn. But, policy is notably stable since the populace is fairly uniform in its background and outlook.

Economy and Jobs

Job Scene; Official unemployment is under 5%, and "real" unemployment is fairly low. High end technical, finical, engineering and medical skills are always in demand.

Work permit; You can not apply for a work permit if you are a non-EU foreign national - unless you are a nurse or medical practitioner, computer programmer, or architectural designer. Lacking these high end skills, your potential employer will have to make the application for you

Social Welfare; All employees and self-employed workers, who are aged 16 or over, are liable for Pay-Related Social Insurance (PRSI) contributions, which are made up of Social Insurance, Health and Employment Levies.

Minimum Wage ; The minimum wage in Ireland is 7euro's per working hour.

Moving to Ireland

Visas & Passports; Before you sell your house or plan to move, make sure that you CAN come and stay in Ireland. Most western passport holders can visit Ireland for 90 days without a Visa, and citizens of the European Union can work in Ireland without a work permit or a passport - a national identity card will suffice. However, in any case it would be best to contact your nearest Irish Embassy for information about citizenship, passports, visas.

Cars; Cars that have been more than 6 months in your ownership may be brought in duty free when you move here. You'll still have to pay Vehicle Registration Tax the same as everyone else.

Pets and Animals; It's increasingly easy, though expensive, to bring pets directly into Ireland without subjecting them to Quarantine. Or, you may be able to enter the country via ferry from Britain and avoid most problems.

Living in Ireland

Renting; You may want to rent a place, while you get your feet on the ground before buying a house. You should be aware that 99% of rentals come furnished. If you are bring your own furniture over, you may need to store it somewhere. This can be arranged with a representative of 1st Ever Ready.

Education; It's very good. Students leave primary school knowing how to read, and they leave secondary school with superb grounding in academic subjects or technical subjects. The reasons for this fine showing include the stability of family life and communities in Ireland as well as extremely tough, but fair, national tests which students must pass if they want to advance to any higher education.

Money; Ireland is a European country and in 2002 the Euro became the common currency. The Irish economy was the fastest growing economy on the planet for many a 90's year, at points growing at a clip over 12%. An economy is considered exceptionally healthy when it passes 3% annual growth. One reason for Ireland's predicted economic rebound is its productivity. A United Nations report states that the Republic boasts the third most productive workers in the world.
All Irish workers enjoy by law 4 weeks of paid vacation per year.

Health; Ireland's health care system is free to every resident in Ireland. European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) citizens living in Ireland are also automatically entitled to public health coverage. However, private insurance is advised since waiting lists for those without insurance sometimes stretch for more than a year.
Visitors from EU countries are also entitled to free urgent medical care so long as they present form E111 which can be obtained from their own health services before visiting Ireland. Visitors from the United Kingdom don't need an E111, so long as they obtain treatment at a public hospital or doctor participating in the General Medical Service scheme.

Religion; 92% of the Republic of Ireland's population is Roman Catholic.
Catholicism plays a large part in most public schools where the kids normally start each class with a prayer and whole schools celebrate mass occasionally. However, religious discrimination is practically non-existent in the Republic of Ireland.