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Moving to Dublin any advice or thoughts? Also is it easy to find movers? Thanks in advance.
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- At train stations: the sign: Amach, means exit and the sign: Isteach means entrance. They are not the names of stations.

- All busses with destination: An Lár go to the city centre, it is not an actual place

- Fir is the mens toilet not the ladies (Frau)

- Mna is the ladies toilet not the mens (Mann)

- Note that Dún Laoghaire is not pronounced remotely close to how it is spelled.

- Rubber dollies, are not what you might think!

- Neither is crack!

And sure you'll be grand after that..
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Moving to Dublin any advice or thoughts? Also is it easy to find movers? Thanks in advance.
Renting and property prices are quite high at the moment relative to (most) people's salaries.

Public transport in Dublin - compared to the cities I've been to in Switzerland (Zurich, Bern, Basel) - is far inferior. Depending on where you live and work, a car may be a necessity rather than something that's nice to have. The city is not very cyclist friendly.

Health insurance is not mandatory but is highly recommended to get speedier access to consultants, diagnostics and other initial contacts with healthcare professionals. Most large employers will offer health insurance with their package.

Similarly, private pension contributions are not mandatory for employees but are heavily incentivised through significant tax relief on them. You'll pay the top rate of income tax (40%) on all income above 33,800E, which has long been a source of frustration from the middle to high income earners.

All relevant taxes and contributions are deducted by your employer, so no tax returns for people who are not self-employed. Of course, it is still ultimately your responsibility to make sure you are paying the appropriate taxes.

Public primary and secondary schools are free. Private, fee paying schools are also available. Particularly in Dublin. Most public and many private schools are Catholic in ethos. This means that there are times when preference is given to Catholic children if availability is limited. Some organisations, such as Educate Together, offer non-denominational schools but they're coverage is limited.

Children start primary school at age 4/5 and the school day is about 6 hours long. Typically they do not go home for lunch or have afternoons off during the week. Secondary school hours are longer. Some schools have a set day each week where they finish at lunch time. Many schools offer supervised study for 1-2 hours in the evening, usually for an additional cost. Irish is usually a mandatory subject but there are certain exceptions, the criteria for which I don't know.

The state examinations are the Junior Certificate (end of the third year of secondary school) and the Leaving Certificate (end of the fifth or sixth year of secondary school). The Junior cycle is three years, the Senior cycle is 2 years (some schools allow students to go straight into the Senior cycle without completing a year known as 'transition year').

Students' score in the Leaving Certificate are the main determinant for entry into most college courses, which are based off supply and demand; the higher the demand in that year, the higher the score required. Students apply for college courses before sitting their Leaving Certificate, through a central applications procedure. Some course, such as medicine, have additional aptitude tests for entry once a minimum points threshold is reached in the Leaving Certificate. Others, such as Architecture, require an additional review of portfolio work.

There are few, expensive options available for the BAC, such as St. Andrews.
I know of one school, though there may others, which teach at least in part, through German - St. Kilians.

Irish Universities have 'free fees' for students who meet specific residency and nationality requirements. Said 'free fees' actually cost up to a maximum of 3000E a year! There is a higher rate called EU Fees and an even higher rate for Non-EU fees.

If you give more information on what you're looking for, I may be able to help more. Some helpful links below:

Reliable tax calculator
Citizens information - info on taxes, education, insurance etc.
Daft.ie - main site for renting/buying property
Educate Together - non-denominational schools
CAO - college applications procedure
St. Andrews - BAC offering
St Kilians - German speaking (partly) secondary school
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Also, I don't seem to have the ability to edit my posts yet, so excuse the spelling errors!
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MFS that is so helpful thank you so much.
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Re: Movin to Dublin

From reading on Irish forums it seems rents in Dublin are pretty extortionate at the moment due to a lack of available housing in Ireland as a whole so definitely check what you can afford on your possible salary.

boards.ie is a great source of information
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Re: Movin to Dublin

With regards to renting do not expect the same level of professionalism and transparency from letting agents and landlords. Things are hopefully starting to improve with the introduction of the residential tenancy board (https://www.rtb.ie/) but historically there has been a lot of cowboy landlords.

Equally tenants have been able to damage properties and walk away without any liability beyond the deposit they pay which is usually a fraction of the deposit you pay in Zürich.
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MFS that is so helpful thank you so much.
No worries at all. If you or your family are moving over to work for one of the Basel pharma companies that has a base in Dublin, feel free to PM me. I can probably give more specific insights in that case.
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Re: Movin to Dublin

Regarding the moving company, when we moved from Dublin, we were given Crown Relocations. It was good, no surprises.

I lived there for two years and I have some thoughts to share: housing is crazy (in terms of cost and little availability), so be prepared. The prices are almost as high as in Basel, but the salary is not matched. It was crazy when I left, but friends confirmed that the bubble has gone up again (reaching pre-crisis level). And also the public transport is awful, sorry to be so blunt, but it is true (and at that time I hadn't compared it with the Swiss one, and still was bad).

On positive note, if you like live music, there are a lot more concerts than in Basel and also lots places to go out.

Good luck with the move!
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And also the public transport is awful, sorry to be so blunt, but it is true (and at that time I hadn't compared it with the Swiss one, and still was bad).
I don't think it is realistic to expect to live in Ireland without a car TBH
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Re: Movin to Dublin

A news story reported this morning by Ireland's national broadcaster RTE about the rental crisis:
https://www.rte.ie/news/2017/0822/899045-daft_rents/
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A news story reported this morning by Ireland's national broadcaster RTE about the rental crisis:
https://www.rte.ie/news/2017/0822/899045-daft_rents/
Was about to post that as well.

Here's a link to the report itself http://www.daft.ie/report
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Re: Movin to Dublin

I take it that the OP already has accommodation arranged?
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thank you all for the info, very helpful and much appreciated! x
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