It doesn’t matter why you left or how long you’re gone for, it’s always good to come home. As the Irish employment market is growing again, now is the perfect time to come back to Ireland for good.

Between 2008 and 2014, 132,000 people returned to Ireland, and employers are currently working to bring even more back. They are actively looking to the Irish diaspora to fill skilled roles being created through a combination of continued Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and renewed growth in indigenous businesses. There was a net jobs increase of 33,000 in Ireland in 2014 with the 2015 figure expected to exceed 40,000. In Northern Ireland, almost 14,000 new jobs were created in 2014/15 with 25 new investors establishing operations. These new jobs aren’t limited to the technology and science industries – though they are seeing a lot of growth. The IDA and Invest NI estimate that for every 10 jobs created through FDI, another seven are generated in the wider economy.

That’s why Cpl created our Coming Home guide and why we are now building on that document with one tribe – to help you with the practical task of making the move home. Everything from finding the perfect job to getting your children into school here is covered in these pages.

For many people, the biggest factor affecting their decision to move home to Ireland is whether or not they can find employment here. No matter what sector you’re working in, there are a few steps you can… Read More

There are a number of things you can do while you’re travelling or working overseas to make your return a lot simpler. Be smart about your phone and banking, and you won’t have to deal with time-consuming… Read More

You’ve made up your mind, handed in your notice and are making the move home. Before you throw caution to the wind, it’s important to take care of any loose ends in the country you’ve been living in… Read More

If you book your flights as far ahead as possible and are flexible with your dates, you can get a good deal on that big flight home. Use planning tools such as Skyscanner, Kayak and Google Flights to help start… Read More

Once you’re ready to make the move, you will need to find somewhere to live. This process can be started while you’re still away, although some people will want to hold off finding accommodation until they know where … Read More

Banking can be very stressful, whether you’re moving home or not. Organising finances and transferring funds is enough to turn the most calm and collected person into a bundle of nerves. Thankfully, there are lots of … Read More

Taxation is another area that may have changed since you left. PAYE rates, tax types and even what you pay tax on may be different when you return… Read More

If you’re moving back to Ireland and haven’t secured employment, you may be relying on jobseeker’s allowance and other social welfare benefits for the first few months… Read More
If you left Ireland before 2013 you may notice a few changes to the process of acquiring your driving licence… Read More
If you’re moving with a young family it is important to understand what options you have and how to get them into the education… Read More
Before you move home, you should take time to understand how the healthcare system works in Ireland and what services you are… Read More
Returning home can lead to ‘reverse culture shock’ as a lot may have changed since you left. Your life stage and outlook may not be in sync with old friends and family… Read More