Expat Ireland News

Latest 10 news items tagged Ireland

20 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Shindler group attempting legal challenge to EC Brexit guidelines

Expat WWII veteran campaigner Harry Shindler and his group are mounting a charge to nullify the EC’s Brexit guidelines, thus stopping Brexit. Harry Shindler and 12 others are petitioning the European Court of Justice in an attempt to have the Brexit negotiation guidelines set out by the European Council annulled. The annulment would reverse permission given by the 27 EU member states to begin Brexit negotiations. The group’s strategy is to target key parts of the guidelines for intense legal scrutiny, with EU nuclear trade body...
18 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Portuguese property prices no longer at bargain basement level

As the European housing market hots up, Portuguese real estate prices are showing the second strongest growth of all EU member states. Figures originating at Eurostat, the EU’s statistics guru, are showing the bloc’s real estate sector is still maintaining steady house price growth of around 4.5 per cent. Ireland recorded the largest growth percentage at 11.8, followed by Portugal at 10.5 and Slovenia at 10 per cent. Especially popular with UK retirees, a home in Portugal is now less affordable than in past years, with the...
17 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Data debunks myth of Spain as elderly expat retirement haven

Contrary to the widely-held belief that Brit expat communities in Europe mostly contain retirees, statistics suggest two-thirds of UK expatriates are below retirement age. Recently-released data from the UK’s Office for National Statistics shows 66 per cent of the estimated 784,900 Britons living in Europe are between the ages of 64 and 15, with more living in Spain than in any other EU member state. In addition, the data shows Spain is home to 293,500 long-term British expatriates, and the UK has fewer emigrants living In Europe...
6 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Survey reveals friendship comes as standard in Ireland

According to the latest ‘friendliness’ survey, the Irish are friendly, sociable, love a laugh and welcome incomers. One of the most important aspects of relocating is making new friends in the locality as well as in the workplace. Now that the UK’s friendliness rankings in surveys is decidedly on the wane, Ireland’s is definitely on the up. The latest expat study shows Ireland is now in 30th place whilst the UK is relegated to 56th out of 65, the total number of countries surveyed. Some 76 per cent of respondents agreed that...
20 Mar at 6 PM 2018

Tens of thousands of Irish expats called home for abortion referendum

Citizens of the Republic of Ireland living and working overseas, are being urged to return to the Emerald Isle in order to vote in the abortion referendum. The Home to Vote campaign is stepping up its call to the Irish diaspora in the UK, USA, Canada and Europe to come back to the home country to vote in May’s historic abortion referendum. Although the request may sound crazy to non-Irish expats, there’s a precedent for the call in that thousands of Irish did exactly that in order to vote on the 2015 same sex marriage bill. The...
20 Feb at 6 PM 2018

Expats making life changing decisions due to anger and frustration

Whether they’re frustrated, angry or simply scared sick for their futures, ordinary Brits and Europeans are making life-changing plans before the UK/EU divorce is finalised. Whilst politicians on both sides are struggling to formulate at least a plan ahead, everyday Brit workers and EU expats are planning to relocate their lives and businesses in an attempt to avoid the worst Brexit scenario. As divisions between the various factions in the British Government widen, new non-governmental players join the game with massive donations...
31 Jan at 6 PM 2018

Ireland to allow UAE citizens visa-free entry

The decision by Irish lawmakers to allow UAE citizens visa-free entry is clearly linked with an expected increase in business between the two countries. From next Wednesday, UAE visitors to Ireland will no longer be forced to apply for a visa but can enter the republic without any restrictions. The move is believed to be a key to creating more business connections with the Emirates and its estimated 10,000 Irish expats. Already, 230 Irish companies are doing business in the region, and the new move will also put Ireland on the same...
25 Jan at 6 PM 2018

Adjusting to returning home after a stint as an expat

Packing up and becoming an expat in a faraway land is a dream for many, but does reality kick in once you’ve returned to the home country? Nowadays, becoming an expat is somewhat of a commonplace development in many peoples’ lives, tinged with the excitement of new experiences, new jobs or the long-awaited freedom of retirement. However, not every expat stays overseas for ever, with reality likely to overtake the expected familiarity of returning home. Jeremy and Deidre Youell and their four children emigrated to Qatar from...
30 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Expats in Ireland fear chaos over Brexit border

Expats on both sides of the open border between Northern Ireland and the Republic are worried about the lack of progress on the issue in Brexit negotiations to date. According to EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier, the negotiations' ‘moment of truth’ is fast approaching as regards the Irish border situation once the UK leaves the EU. With agreement at least possible over Theresa May’s increased divorce bill offer, the main stumbling blocks are now Ireland and citizens’ rights, with Irish border issues the most difficult to...
29 Nov at 6 PM 2017

UK expats still taking advantage of sinking sterling to purchase UK property

Expats on assignments in the UAE are still taking advantage of the shrinking pound by investing in UK property. New research indicates both foreign nationals and UK expats working in the UAE are snapping up British real estate whilst sterling is at a low point. Outside London, its suburbs and its fashionable outer rim, property prices are falling due to low demand by British residents, leaving bargains to be had in the buy-to-let and second home markets. During 2017, the majority of buyers concentrated on properties in the...