Moving to Dublin, Ireland
Yesterday marked my first two weeks in Ireland. I have had a great – but very busy – time settling in, starting work etc.
I have pushed myself to meet new people, and be more social than usual (I am introvert at heart), so out of the past 15 nights I have actually been out 9. Combined with starting new job, and sorting out all the practicalities of the relocation I have had my hands very very full. Hopefully as things quiet down as I get settled into my new routines I will be back to posting more frequently.
PPSN & Bank Account
So, in case anyone wants to move to Ireland I thought I’d share a few things I learnt.
If you will be living and working in Ireland you need a PPS number (Personal Public Service number). Unlike what my agency told me, you do not register for this at the IRS office, but at the Social Welfare Office. (Side note, should you need to visit the main IRS office in Dublin, at O’Connell Street, the entrance is NOT at O’Connell Street, but rather at the nearest side street, you can ask in the Tourist office – everyone does). In Dublin you cannot go to your local social welfare office, but rather must go to the main one at Kings Inns Street. Prepare to wait a while, I waited 1h15, which apparently is “good”, on the upside the guy who handled my case was cute. Oh and they will take a picture with a shitty web cam which will go on your PPS card.
You cannot open up a bank account until you have received a letter from the Social Welfare Office with your PPS number. You will have to bring that and your passport to the branch you want to open with, but aside from that there were no big issues.
I shan’t pretend to know much about best locations in Dublin, and of course it will all depend on where you will be working/studying. I live 10 mins walk from a DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) which I am extremely happy about. I get to live 5 mins walk from the coast line, nice residential area yet only half an hour from the city centre.