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Living in Ireland
Ireland is an island to the north-west of continental Europe. Ireland is divided between the Republic of Ireland , which covers five-sixths of the island, and Northern Ireland, a part of the United Kingdom, which covers the remaining area and is located in the north-east of the island.
The population of Ireland is approximately 6.4 million. Just under 4.6 million live in the Republic of Ireland and just over 1.8 million live in Northern Ireland. Despite the two jurisdictions using two distinct currencies (the euro and pound sterling), a growing amount of commercial activity is carried out on an all-island basis. This has been facilitated by the two jurisdictions’ shared membership of the European Union , and there have been calls from members of the business community and policymakers for the creation of an “all-island economy” to take advantage of economies of scale and boost competitiveness.
Ireland is subdivided into four provinces: Connacht (west), Leinster (east), Munster (south), and Ulster (north). In a system that developed between the 13th and 17th centuries, Ireland has 32 traditional counties. Twenty-six of these counties are in the Republic of Ireland and six are in Northern Ireland. The six counties that constitute Northern Ireland are all in the province of Ulster (which has nine counties in total). In the Republic of Ireland, counties form the basis of the system of local government. Counties Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Waterford and Tipperary have been broken up into smaller administrative areas.
The Republic of Ireland in particular has seen large-scale immigration. The 2006 census recorded that 420,000 foreign nationals, or about 10% of the population, lived in the Republic of Ireland. A quarter of births (24 percent) in 2009 were to mothers born outside of Ireland.
Ireland’s culture comprises elements of the culture of ancient immigration and influences (such as Gaelic culture ) and more recent Anglicisation and Americanisation as well as participation in a broader European culture. The culture of the island has also many features shared with Great Britain, including the English language, and sports such as association football, rugby, horse racing and golf .
Documents required to live and work in Ireland
You do not need a visa to land in Ireland if you are a citizen of The members of the EEA There are 27 countries of the European Union (EU) , together with Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein. If you are not a citizen of one of the countries in the EU, you will need a visa when you travel to Ireland. If you are coming to Ireland from another EU country as a dependant of an EU national, and you are not a citizen of the EEA, you will need a visa when you first travel to Ireland. If you plan to stay for more than 3 months, you should register with the immigration authorities and apply for a residence card. If you receive a residence card, you will not need a re-entry visa for travel into Ireland in future.
You do not need a visa to land in Ireland if:
- You hold a valid travel document issued by one of the following countries in accordance with Article 28 of the Geneva Convention : Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, or Switzerland.
- You hold either a valid residence card 4 EU FAM or a valid permanent residence card 4 EU FAM issued by the Garda National Immigration Bureau under the European Communities (Free Movement of Persons) (No. 2) Regulations 2006 (SI 656 of 2006).
- You are a family member of an EU citizen and you hold a document called “Residence card of a family member of a Union citizen”
You can find more information on Irelands official Citizens information website
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Removal Company to Ireland
Central Moves are one of the London’s top removal companies for Moving from London and Ireland who combine specialisation with our total commitment to providing a professional and personalised service, which this is why thousands of families and individuals have entrusted Central Moves with their Irish home removals, furniture removals Ireland and personal effects.
Here at Central Moves we pride ourselves in aiming to be the best Relocation Company to Ireland .
and most recently BS EN 12522 , it is the first and only recognised quality Standard specifically aimed at furniture removals.
Central Moves are proud to have achieved this standard, which proves all operatives work to clearly defined and audited standards on a daily basis.
Further testament to our success is the number of corporate clients who continue to choose Central Moves and indeed, refer us to their families and friends.