Getting on the road in Ireland is relatively straightforward. You will, of course, need a driver’s licence. The National Driver Licence Service is responsible for licencing drivers in Ireland. If you’ve got a vehicle, you’ll need to make sure that it’s taxed and insured. What’s involved? Do I need to get an Irish driver’s licence? EU & EEA Licences Drivers with an EU or EEA member state licence need never change to an Irish licence. If they wish to exchange their licence for an Irish one, they must do so within 10 years
Dublin’s four local authorities provide a host of services to make the city and county a great place to live. Each authority provides the same essential services, simply catering to its own constituency. You can find out more about each authority by visiting their individual websites:
Each council’s business support unit allows residents to avail of a range of business-related services, advice and information. These include planning permission, rates, building regulation enforcement, the issuing of licenses, guidance on commercial rates, tenders, casual trading, advertising, growing or starting your business, payments, permits and licensing and more.
- Dublin City Council Business Support Unit
- Fingal County Council Business and Economy unit
- South County Dublin Business unit
- Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Local Enterprise Office (LEO)
Housing and Community Services
The councils’ role in relation to housing and community services is huge. They ensure that that Dublin’s citizens have appropriate accommodation in safe and integrated communities. They do this by supplying social housing, advising tenants and landlords on the rental market, and supporting those who require housing welfare and social work services.
- Dublin City Council Housing and Community services
- Fingal County Council Housing service
- South County Dublin Housing service
- Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Housing service
Culture and Amenities
Dublin City Council’s Culture and Amenities Services provide the city’s public libraries, sports and recreation facilities, public parks and arts facilities. They are involved in a number of new projects including the City Cultural Quarter, the Richmond Barracks restoration and the Temple Bar Project. They also coordinate the city’s calendar of events.
Similarly, the other three councils provide a range of services encompassing libraries, beaches and public spaces, sports and the arts scene, including artists’ residencies and festivals.
- Dublin City Council Culture and Amenities services
- Fingal County Council Community and Leisure unit
- South County Dublin Sports, Recreation and Arts service
- Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Arts
The City Council oversees the work of Dublin Fire Rescue and the Emergency Ambulance Service, the largest full-time fire brigade in Ireland, which provides emergency services to the entire city and county of Dublin.
Dublin City’s Environmental Services safeguards the city’s cleanliness and biodiversity. It manages rubbish collection contractors, water treatment and natural spaces. They can even help you clear garbage from your property and upgrade your plumbing.
The environmental branches of each council are where you get in touch if you have any queries relating to issues such as waste, recycling, burial grounds, conservation, biodiversity and animal control.
- Dublin City Council Environmental Services
- Fingal County Council Environment unit
- South County Dublin Environment unit
- Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Environment and Climate Change unit
The City Council’s Planning Services arm is responsible for ensuring that the city remains sustainable and liveable as it continues to grow. The Dublin City Development Plan (2016 – 2022) outlines the Council’s vision for the city’s future, and Planning Services is entrusted with delivering it. Their myplan.ie software can help you see how your property fits into the Council’s plans.
The planning services units are the local authorities on areas including applying for planning, searching for a planning application, council properties and vacant sites, planning permission, local heritage and more.
- Dublin City Council Planning Services
- Fingal County Council Planning and Buildings
- South County Dublin Planning unit
- Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Planning unit
Roads & Transport Services
The three county councils provide information on areas such as traffic, parking, roadworks and closures, public transport, road bye-laws, road safety, winter weather updates, public lighting, traffic lights and more.
Opening a bank account You will need to open an Irish bank account, if only to receive your salary – most Irish employers will not deposit your pay into a foreign account. There are two ways to do this – in person or online. Either way, you won’t be able to do this before you arrive in Ireland. Due to anti-money laundering legislation, most Irish banks will want to meet you in person before opening an account for you. The bigger retail banks in Ireland are: Allied Irish Banks (AIB)
Ireland is a welcoming country. Citizens of many countries do not need a visa to enter. Those that do will find that the process is simple and straightforward. The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) administers migration into and out of the Republic. So, what’s involved? Visa-free travel UK Citizens Under the Common Travel Area (CTA) arrangement, UK citizens are entitled to move to and live in Ireland without conditions or restrictions. Since the UK voted to leave the EU (Brexit), the British and Irish governments have signed an agreement that formally outlines the provisions