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Things to know
about Dublin

Capital City of the Republic of Ireland


Dublin, Irish Dubh Linn, Norse Dyfflin (“Black Pool”), also called Baile Átha Cliath (“Town of the Ford of the Hurdle”), city, capital of Ireland.

Located on the east coast in the province of Leinster.


Situated at the head of Dublin Bay of the Irish Sea, Dublin is the country’s chief port, centre of financial and commercial power, and seat of culture.

It is also a city of contrasts, maintaining an uneasy relationship between reminders of earlier political and economic conditions and symbols of present-day life and prosperity.

At the mouth of the River Liffey, its' historic buildings include Dublin Castle, dating to the 13th century, and imposing St Patrick’s Cathedral, founded in 1191.

City parks include landscaped St Stephen’s Green and huge Phoenix Park, containing Dublin Zoo.

Party like the Irish,

you'll never match it!


Dublin is a warm and welcoming city, known for the friendliness of its people and famous for its craic (“crack”)—that mixture of repartee, humour, intelligence, and acerbic and deflating insight that has attracted writers, intellectuals, and visitors for centuries.

Dublin is home to some of the best musicians in the country, known for their lively performances at famous locations like "The Temple Bar" - Not to be missed if you visit or work in Dublin, especially around St.Patricks' day each March. 

A party like no other in one of the friendliest cities on earth!


For those with interest in keeping fit, gyms in Dublin vary in price.

The average cost of a monthly gym membership, including access to a swimming pool, is €40. However, rates can be less if you go during off-peak hours.

Some chain gyms have cheaper rates, but these are usually busier.

A cinema ticket to see an international release is €12, while a medium-sized popcorn on average costs €5.50. 

How does Dublin Compare? 

According to the 2020 Worldwide Cost of Living report, Dublin is 46th most expensive city in the world, falling just one place behind London. This report places Dublin as the sixth most expensive city in Europe behind Zurich, Bern, Geneva, London, and Copenhagen.


Dublin City Centre and Dublin South City are the most expensive locations to rent in with the average property costing €2,044 to rent per month.

This is in comparison with the national average of €1,391 per month.

The average cost of a one-bedroom apartment in Dublin is over €1,700. In contrast, a two-bedroom apartment comes in just below €2,000 per month.

If you are looking to rent your own private bedroom in a shared house, prices start at around €650 per month. If you are happy with sharing a room with someone, then the cost of rent can be as low as €400 per month.

Cost of Living
in Dublin

Anything you earn while living in Dublin is liable for tax, which will be paid using the PAYE system unless you’re self-employed or a sole trader.


Anything you earn under 32,800 EUR is taxed at a flat rate of 20% for individuals. However if you’re married or in a civil partnership, you’ll have a joint allowance of 41,800 EUR. Earnings above these amounts are taxed at 40%.


If you’re aged over 65 and you’re either single or widowed, you can earn up to 18,000 EUR tax-free.


Eligibility to Work in Dublin


Citizens of the EEA (the EU, plus Iceland, Norway and Lichtenstein), Switzerland and the UK, can live and work in Ireland without an employment permit.

If you are from a country outside of the EEA, Switzerland and the UK, you need permission to live and work in Ireland.

If you want to come to work in Ireland you may have to:

  • Apply for an employment permit

  • Apply for a visa to enter Ireland

Some people can work in Ireland without an employment permit.

You should check the latest COVID-19 travel restrictions for Ireland.

Immigration rules in Ireland:

If you are from the EEA (the EU plus Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein), Switzerland or the UK, you can relocate to Ireland to work without a visa or employment permit. If you are bringing family members to live in Ireland who are from outside the EEA, Switzerland or the UK, they may have to apply for a visa or preclearance to enter Ireland.

If you are from outside the EEA, Switzerland or the UK, you should check if you need a visa to come to Ireland. You have to apply for an employment permit to work in Ireland. Non EEA citizens who already live in Ireland and have certain types of immigration permission can work without an employment permit. You also might not need an employment permit if you are joining your family in Ireland. See ‘Immigration stamps and the right to work’ below.

Working holidays:

If you are from one of the following countries you may be able to apply for a Working Holiday Authorisation through the Irish embassy in your country. This allows you to come to Ireland to work for a certain period and is only available to applicants who are under a certain age:

Note: The Department of Foreign Affairs is not currently processing Working Holiday Authorisation applications because of COVID-19.

International protection applicants:

If you have applied for international protection (also called ‘claiming asylum’) you can apply for permission to work if are still waiting for the first decision on your application after 5 months. You have to apply for Labour Market Access Permission.

Immigration stamps and the right to work:

If you are not from the EEA, Switzerland and the UK, you must have permission to live in Ireland. To get permission to come to Ireland to work, you have to apply for an employment permit. In general, you must get your employment permit before you come to Ireland. You can apply for an employment permit when you have been offered a job. This means that you have to find a job and then apply for an employment permit. When you have the employment permit, you can apply for a visa to come to Ireland (if you need a visa).

Some people do not need an employment permit to work and can get permission to work through the immigration system.

Non-EEA family members:

If you are coming to Ireland to join a family member who already lives here, or you are moving to Ireland with a family member who already has a right to work in Ireland, you might not have to apply for an employment permit to work. Different rules apply depending on the type of relationship you have with the family member. For example, spouses generally have stronger rights to join their husbands or wives in Ireland than other types of relationships.

International students and graduates:

If you have permission to study in Ireland and have an IRP with Stamp 2, you can work part-time (20 hours) during college terms and full time during college holidays. You cannot work if you have an IRP with Stamp 2A.

The holiday periods are:

  • June, July and September

  • From 15 December to 15 January

If you graduate from an Irish college or university with a qualification at level 8 or above (honours degree level or above), you may be able to apply for the Third Level Graduate Scheme. You can get an IRP card with Stamp 1G which allows you to work without an employment permit for the duration of the scheme.

People with Stamp 4:

If you have an IRP with Stamp 4, then you can work without an employment permit. You get Stamp 4 if you have been given permission to live in Ireland:

  • As a refugee, following an application for international protection

  • With subsidiary protection, following an application for international protection

  • With leave to remain, following an application for international protection

  • As the spouse, partner or dependent family member of an Irish citizen

  • As the parent of an Irish citizen child

  • As the family member of an EEA citizen

  • Because you have long term residency

  • Following an appeal against a decision to deport you (under Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999)

You may also get a Stamp 4 for another reason not listed above.


Finding somewhere to live:

You may find that the cost of living in Ireland is high.

You should look at accommodation websites like and to find out how much you will have to pay for rent, and how much it costs to buy a place to live.

Social housing
 is available, but it can take a long time to be offered somewhere to live by a local authority or voluntary housing body.

Some people live outside of the main cities and commute to work.

Information about working in Ireland:

Ireland has a minimum wage and many laws to protect workers.

If you lose your job or become sick and unable to work, you may be able to get social welfare payments.

If you have children, you can claim Child Benefit to help with the extra costs of raising children.

Primary and secondary school is free in Ireland. Third level education is funded by the State, but you normally have to pay some fees for going to third level.

The retirement age is 66 for men and women.

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