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Returning to Ireland?

Thinking of moving back home to Ireland?

Samuel Beckett Bridge and Convention Centre. Failte Ireland copyright - Derek Cullen

If you are thinking of moving back to Ireland, we recommend that you do as much research as you can in advance to ensure that your move back is a smooth as possible.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has a dedicated page of resources to help you prepare for your return to Ireland including information on jobs, training, taxes, visas, schooling and setting up home.

The Consulate would also delighted to assist with any queries. And you may also wish to consider researching the following websites:

Citizens Information

Citizens Information provides a wide range of information on public services and entitlements in Ireland. Specific information on moving to Ireland is providing on the “Moving Country” section on their homepage.

Department of Social Protection

The “Moving to or from Ireland” section on their homepage provides a guide to welfare entitlements and how to transfer your private pension.

Crosscare Migrant Project

Crosscare provides an information and advocacy service for people considering a move home or who have just arrived back. They provide information on a range of issues on their “Moving Home from Abroad” webpage including on looking for employment, finding accommodation, education and training.

Irish Support Agency

Based in Sydney, the Irish Support Agency provides information, including information on returning to Ireland, assistance and support to the local Irish Community.

Safe Home Ireland

Safe Home Ireland provides an information and advice service to anyone who may be considering returning to Ireland. They also assist older qualifying Irish-born emigrants to explore the option of returning to secure and affordable housings in their native areas.