Dublin is not a cheap place to live. The Economist Intelligence Unit Cost of Living Report ranks it as the 19th most expensive of 133 cities. On the plus side, this ranking does indicate that Dublin is less expensive than Paris, Zurich, Geneva, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Tel Aviv and Frankfurt as well as New York and LA in the USA and Singapore, Osaka, Seoul, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Sydney in the Asia-Pacific region.

Consumer goods

The price of consumer goods is quite high compared to other European cities, although this is coming down. Ongoing competition between supermarket chains has resulted in savings for the shopper at the till. Both Numbeo and Expartisan maintain up to date listings of average consumer goods prices.

The flip side to all this is the salary that you can earn working in Dublin. Average salaries are high and set to rise as the labour market tightens. Check what you can expect to earn in a range of industries at Irish Jobs.

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The high cost of living is to a large extent driven by the high price of houses and of rental accommodation. Both are high on the government’s list of priorities and while costs are yet to fall, they are growing at a slower rate than a few years ago.

High house prices reflect Dublin’s success. They have been driven up by multinational corporations securing rooms for temporary workers and large numbers of international students, coming at a time when there is a shortage of new building projects. New government policy, however, particularly with regard to the development of apartments is having a positive effect on housing supply. AIB, a major Irish bank, has produced a report on housing supply in Ireland.

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Waste & recycling

The average person in Ireland threw away 322kg of household waste in 2012, the last year the Environmental Protection Agency compiled its National Waste Report. Kerbside Collection Most of this waste is collected at the roadside – known as ‘kerbside collection’. Four companies offer kerbside bin collection in Dublin: Greyhound Recycling and Recovery Thorntons

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Utilities & maintenance

Whether renting or purchasing your own home, it’s important to know how to set up utilities and maintain your property. Renters should be aware that the relationship between a tenant and their landlord differs from country to country. How do things stand in Dublin? Utilities As a tenant or owner occupier, you are responsible for setting up your home’s utilities in your own name. If you are renting, make sure at the beginning of your rental contract sure that your landlord informs you of which companies supply your gas, water and electricity, so that you can contact them and take over the accounts. Electricity and gas Ireland has deregulated e

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Healthcare & insurance

Ireland’s healthcare system is divided into public and private tiers. Public Ireland’s public healthcare system offers world-class care, partly funded by the government. If you are “ordinarily resident”, you can access a range of public health services that are free of charge or subsidised by the Irish government’s Health Service Executive (HSE). (You are considered to be “ordinarily resident” if you have been living in Ireland for at least one year – or you intend to live in the country for at least one year.) Holders of a European Health Insurance

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