Expat Ireland News

Latest 10 news items tagged Ireland

20 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Brit expats in France banned from signing European Citizens Initiative

A new bid to ensure lifetime retention of European Union citizenship will go live next Monday, but Brits in the EU are excluded from the vote. The new European Citizens Initiative will be introduced on July 23, with the aim of ensuring that when European citizenship with all its rights is granted, it cannot be lost. The initiative's organisers are citing Brexit and its effect on British citizen expatriates in that they will lose European citizenship once Brexit is finalised. The sting in the tail is that Brits living and working in...
5 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Accidental Americans petition Trump for independence from USA

A campaign organised by a group of US ‘citizens by accident’ has petitioned Donald Trump to let them relinquish their accidental ties to the USA. Accidental Americans are those born in the USA, often to expat parents working in or simply visiting the country, who’ve never actually lived there long-term. According to the law, they’re still considered US citizens and are liable to be taxed as are American nationals living and working overseas. It’s estimated that around several million people may fall into the category, which...
23 May at 6 PM 2018

Irish expats flocking back home to vote for safe abortions

Inspired by the hashtag ‘hometovote’, a wave of concerned Irish emigrants is arriving back in the home country to vote for safe abortions and women’s right to decide. Ireland’s abortion referendum comes after many decades of the harshest anti-abortion laws on the planet. The admittedly controversial procedure is almost non-existent in the country even if a pregnancy is the result of rape or incest, and is only permissible should the mother’s life be in danger. Every day, an average of 10 pregnant women travel to the UK to...
22 May at 6 PM 2018

US businesses rejecting the Netherlands due to less competitive business environment

American companies are now shying away from opening up in the Netherlands due to its increasing lack of competitiveness. For a good while, the country was destination number one for American conglomerates wishing to open European offices, but changes to the Dutch business climate are persuading them to look elsewhere in Europe. France, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland and even the UK are now considered more suitable. Projects involving US investment in the Netherlands stood at 88 in 2016, falling to 75 the following year and totalling...
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...