Expat Ireland News

Latest 10 news items tagged Ireland

4 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Portugal housing bubble bad news for expat retirees

According to a major ratings agency, house prices in Portugal will keep on rising. Portugal is still considered to be a cheap destination for expat retirees as well as for start-ups and digital nomads, but its ever-rising cost of accommodation may take the shine off its formerly well-deserved fame. For several decades, Portugal’s Algarve region has been the refuge of choice for British expats looking for a warm, inexpensive haven far away from the UK’s cold winters. Sadly, a report by Moody’s ratings agency indicates the haven...
26 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Spain’s Irish expat community is happy to stay forever

There are almost as many Irish expatriates living, working and retiring along Spain’s Costa del Sol as there are refugees from the UK. The Irish expat community in Spain is mostly concentrated in the Costa del Sol region and, according to those living the dream, are more Irish than they ever were in the auld country. If they do return occasionally to the Emerald Isle, it’s only to visit friends and family or to attend wedding and funerals. The thought of returning to Ireland permanently simply doesn’t occur, with most saying...
6 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Recruitment firm offers free flights back home to Irish expats in Oz

In an attempt to persuade Irish expats living and working in Australia to return home, FRS Recruitment is offering free flights for those filling job vacancies. The company is putting on roadshows in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne between November 8 and 13, offering practical advice as well as logistics and job details including salaries. Job sectors in focus will include IT, healthcare, finance, construction, and pharmaceuticals, all of which are suffering from skills shortages causing difficulty in filling open positions with...
30 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Is the Rock still at risk from Brexit?

Is the Gibraltar dilemma really sorted? Most expat residents on Gibraltar and the Spanish workers who travel across the border daily may be feeling more secure since the news broke about a Brexit deal, but are they celebrating too soon? It’s good that the move is in the positive direction, thus easing fears of a Spanish takeover, but the Rock is a still a small piece of the complicated jigsaw of the Brexit negotiations. The entire two years of talks have been conducted on the basis of ‘nothing is agreed until everything is...
10 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Irish weather cited as main reason for emigration

In spite of this year’s souring, prolonged heatwave, a recent survey reveals the Irish weather is the main reason for emigration and the reluctance to return. Lack of sunshine and the resulting overall dampness has been cited by a new survey as the main reasons expats gave for leaving the country of their birth. This year’s Expat Insider survey revealed well over 50 per cent of Irish expatriates were fed up with living in seemingly never-ending damp, overcast conditions. The survey also showed the majority of those who left have...
5 Sep at 6 PM 2018

No deal Brexit still major risk for Brit expats in Europe

UK expatriates in Europe are still unsure of their rights some two years after the Brexit referendum. More than two years after the Brexit referendum, British expatriates living, working or retiring across the EU are no closer to having any security as regards their rights than they were when the result was announced. In spite of empty promises by the British government, it’s now clear the plight of over a million Britons is of no concern to the UK’s negotiating team. In a recent release of government papers outlining no-deal...
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...