Relocating to Dublin

Written by Sean Sweeney.

Paragon Executive have helped people relocate from all over the world to Dublin. Dublin is a wonderful city, with huge amounts of history and culture, and home to some of the biggest Financial Services and Technology companies in the world.

Dublin is the capital and largest city of Ireland. The metropolis has an urban area population of 1,273,069. Ireland is, of course, an EU member and, unlike their British neighbours, Irish people have the euro as their currency. Today, the capital of Ireland is a modern city, that has left behind its turbulent past to become one of Europe’s most desirable places to live.

Ireland is the only English speaking country in the Eurozone and the ideal base from which to serve European markets. Over half a million Irish residents speak a foreign language fluently and c. 17% of the population is of international origin.

Ireland is the European hub to over 1,000 leading multinational companies ranging from ICT, Social Media, Pharmaceuticals and Finance with names such as Google, HP, Apple, IBM, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pfizer, GSK and Genzyme. Companies who require a skilled, educated and highly capable workforce to drive their success chose to locate in Ireland.

First Things First?

If you have been lucky enough to secure a job in Ireland, you need to open a bank account, get a PPS number and weigh up the cost of living.

Bank Account

The most popular banks are:

  1. BOI
  2. AIB
  4. Permanent TSB
  5. KBC

PPS Number 

This is a unique reference number that you will need for services such as: Employment, Public Health Services, Housing Grants and Driver Licences. Once you get to the office, there are several documents that are required depending on where you are from:

1) The United Kingdom (Great Britain and Northern Ireland):

  • Your Passport, Birth or Adoption Certificate and Photographic ID, and
  • Evidence of address.

2) EU/EEA citizens:

  • Passport or National Identity Card, and
  • Evidence of address in Ireland.

3) Outside the EU/EEA you will need:

  • Passport and Immigration Card, and
  • Evidence of address in Ireland.

Click here
for more information regarding your PPS Number.


Finding a place to stay in Dublin can be very competitive, be sure to give yourself plenty of time.

Paragon can point in the right direction or guide you to particular agent who can help your search.

Also, have look at some of these websites below:

Cost Of Living

Please see below the cost of living in Dublin in January 2016:


Get in touch with our team if you are looking to move to Dublin - we can take care of the nitty gritty.

Sean Sweeney
T: 01 874 6700