FAQ on Ireland



With a population of 4.5 m, Ireland is the youngest and most highly-educated population in Europe with over 38% under 25 years of age. Ireland has 5 major cities which are populated in total by over one third (35.5%) of the entire population.

Population breakdown in the cities: 

  • Dublin - 1,800.000 
  • Cork - 186.200 
  • Limerick - 87.000 
  • Galway - 66.200 
  • Waterford - 46.700


The currency in Ireland is the Euro. Ireland is a member of the EU (European Union) and in January 2002 our currency converted to the Euro.


Ireland has one of the best education systems in the world - according to the latest IMD world competitiveness report. One million people are in full-time education and nearly 70% of all school leavers go on to third level.

Taxation and Entitlements

For detailed information on our tax system visit the website of the Revenue Commissioners:


All employees, full, part-time, temporary or casual earn holiday entitlements from the time work is commenced. The organisation of The Working Time Act 1997 provides that most employees are entitled to a minimum of 4 weeks annual holidays each year.

The Act also provides the following 9 Statutory holidays:

  • 1st January (New Year’s Day) 
  • St. Patricks day - 17th March 
  • Easter Monday 
  • 1st Monday in May 
  • 1st Monday in June 
  • 1st Monday in August 
  • last Monday in October 
  • Christmas Day 
  • St. Stephens Day