CULTURE: Ireland is a place of pure magic. Its folklore, stories and musical heritage have drawn visitors from across the globe for decades without count. From the pubs of Temple Bar to the Cliffs of Maher, from County Clare’s narrow verdant country roads to the cobbled streets of Galway, you will traverse the country, the place and its people will keep finding ways to charm and inspire you.
But there’s more to Ireland than just its signature craic and rousing good humour:
GROWING ECONOMY: Ireland is one of Europe’s key technology and business hubs, boasting the fastest growing economy in the Eurozone, and the 6th best performing economy in the world. The country has been the top global attractor of large foreign direct investments for over 5 years running.
TECHNOLOGY HUB: Tech giants headquartered in Ireland include Intel, Facebook, Twitter and Google, and not only for tax efficiency purposes. The country employs top talent from around the world, giving companies requiring world class skills all the more reason to choose Ireland as their home base.
EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE: Unlike in South Africa, where educational standards are dropping alarmingly, Irish universities are going from strength to strength. Irish varsities are ranked in the top 1% of research producing institutions in the world.
FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT: An Irish passport grants the bearer the ability to travel to 156 countries around the world visa-free.
EXCELLENT HEALTHCARE: Irish Residents can obtain a European Health Insurance Card covering various medical expenses for injuries and illnesses incurred while travelling in other EU/EEA countries
ROAD TO CITIZENSHIP: After having maintained 5 years of continuous residence in Ireland, you’ll be eligible to apply for another residence permit, or commence your Irish citizenship application. Family members may also apply for citizenship, and Ireland allows dual citizenship.