Expat Ireland News

Latest 10 news items tagged Ireland

21 Apr at 6 PM 2016

High Court ruling on expat voting disenfranchisement to be delayed

Following this week’s High Court hearing, British expats in Europe are now waiting for the court to make a ruling on the controversial issue. The long-awaited legal challenge of the UK government's ruling of disenfranchisement for expats living overseas for over 15 years has resulted in the High Court reserving judgment on the issue. Lawyers for plaintiffs Harry Shindler and Jacquelyn MacLennan argued that expats who’ve lived overseas for more than 15 years were ‘on the horns of an impossible dilemma’ as they would need to...
13 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Brexit could force inheritance chaos on expats

Should Britain vote to leave the EU, hundreds of thousands of UK expats living in EU member states could experience inheritance chaos due to anticipated changes in current EU rules. EU rulings aimed at the problem of inheritance in cross-border deaths address an average of 450,000 fatalities annually and an amount of around 120 billion euros. The UK, Denmark and Ireland opted out of the rulings, but British expats living in EU member states are still protected by laws allowing the issuance of a certificate of succession permitting...
12 Apr at 6 PM 2016

UK retirees still prefer European destinations for their golden years

Despite increasing fears that the upcoming Brexit referendum will wreck their long-held plans, UK retirees are still planning to head to favourite European destinations to enjoy their golden years. A recent survey showed that one in every ten respondents were intending to use their pension savings to retire overseas. The poll involved 1,000 UK citizens between the ages of 50 to 70 years, with the coastal continental European destinations topping out as the chosen favourites for 68 per cent of those who took part. The most popular...
25 Mar at 6 PM 2016

Irish offshore island offers sanctuary to disgruntled US expats

A picturesque Irish offshore island eager to increase its population is inviting Americans dismayed by the possibility of a President Trump to come and join the tiny community. The island of Inishturk may only have 58 residents right now, but it makes up for its lack of humans by a plethora of natural beauties and charming waterside homes. When Mary Heanue, one of its officials, heard that some US citizens were prepared to become expats rather than submit to a Trump presidency, she saw the perfect way to increase the island’s...
17 Mar at 6 PM 2016

St Patricks Day stirs fond memories for Irish expats in Oz

Tempestuous times since the 2008 financial meltdown have seen thousands of professionals leave their home countries and head for far-off lands of opportunity. Redundancies and the related uncertainty hit especially hard in Ireland, with lifestyle solutions for young professionals and their families as far away as the other side of the planet offering a new chance to make something of thier talents. Many headed for Australia, and are now successfully creating a new life. For Irish expats, a new life doesn’t mean giving up on...
9 Mar at 6 PM 2016

Conflicting surveys make research tricky for would be expats

Hardly a week goes by without yet another survey advising potential expats on the best locations worldwide in which to live, work or retire. Given that the majority of such surveys originate from companies selling expat needs from relocating through property purchase and insurance to the move itself, it’s no wonder that many of the much-publicised results conflict with each other in a confusing manner. After all, the only, mostly impractical, way to truly evaluate which destination is best for each individual is to be there and do...
11 Aug at 6 PM 2015

UAE best destination for expat executives

The UAE has been named as the best place in the world for leading executives to relocate to, according to global research by professional online network LinkedIn. LinkedIn found the oil-rich state attracted more young talent than anywhere else in the world, with 1.89 per cent of its total workforce being added to member profiles in 2014. The study revealed that the leading source of professional talent arriving in the UAE was from India (28 per cent), while the UK, Pakistan, the US and Qatar completed the top five. Other Gulf states...
17 Mar at 2 PM 2015

Irish expat teacher fights Dubai conviction

The Irish expat teacher, who has already served a sentence for drinking without a license and public obscenity, plans to appeal against his conviction so that he can return to Dubai. Last April, a Dubai court convicted Conor Hayes, a teacher from Ireland, of public obscenity after they were told that a police officer was given the finger by the expat in 2011. After serving a one-month jail sentence last November, Dubai officials immediately deported the 39-year-old teacher from the country. Mr Hayes, who currently works in Qatar,...
20 Jan at 4 PM 2015

Voting referendum ‘unlikely’ this year for Irish expats

A referendum on whether to allow Irish expatriates the right to vote in general elections is unlikely to take place this year, according to Minister of State for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan. The Cabinet was scheduled discuss holding a referendum on the matter before Christmas, but it has yet to do so, confirmed Deehinan. The minister said that referendums on the minimum age of presidential election candidates and marriage equality were due to be held in the next 12 months, so it would be “”logistically very difficult” to stage a...
13 Nov at 2 PM 2014

Taiwan best place for expat healthcare

Taiwan has been named the number one country in the world for expats in terms of having the cheapest and best medical facilities, according to a new survey. The research showed that almost seven in 10 expats in the east Asian country said healthcare costs them less than it did before they moved there - in comparison to the global average of three in 10. Furthermore, nearly two-thirds of expats in the country said the healthcare there was better than it was in their homeland, compared to the global average of just under four in 10. The...