Life events

Life events are situations that occur which result in a series of transactions between an individual and various public sector organisations in Ireland, for example having a baby or getting married.

These documents provide a short guide to all the information you may need, to help guide you through these events.


  • Becoming a parent
    Description: Are you or is someone you know about to become a parent? A guide to State services in Ireland and overview of some of the issues that will concern you, whatever your situation.
  • Before you come to Ireland
    Description: People who want to come to Ireland need to know if they are entitled to live here and what they can do when they come here.
  • Going to college
    Description: If you are thinking of going to college this document outlines what is involved and where you can find the information you need.
  • Illness in your retirement
    Description: There are a range of payments and services available to support older people who become ill or acquire a disability. Information on income supports, health care, housing, taxation and caring for someone else.
  • Income supports for older people
    Description: Find out about the range of payments available, and link to a broader checklist of entitlements for older people.
  • Legal recognition of your preferred gender
    Description: The Gender Recognition Act 2015 provides for the legal recognition of a person's preferred gender by the State.
  • Looking for work: education and training
    Description: If you are unemployed there is a range of different education and training opportunities. These include courses specifically for unemployed people.
  • Losing your job
    Description: If you lose your job you need to find out about the different payments and services for unemployed people.
  • Moving abroad from Ireland
    Description: Helpful information to consider when moving away from Ireland.
  • Moving from home to long-term care
    Description: Most older and young chronically sick people can continue to live at home with HSE and family support. Information on issues around moving from home to long stay care, should it become necessary or desirable.
  • Retiring from work
    Description: For many people the prospect of retirement from work gives an opportunity to seek fresh directions and new challenges. What you should know about retiring from work.
  • Retiring to Ireland
    Description: People who are planning to retire to Ireland need to know about living in Ireland, including housing, health services, social security and taxation.
  • Somewhere to Live
    Description: An overview of housing and types of accommodation.
  • Starting post-primary school
    Description: Describes post-primary education, including how to choose a post-primary school and enrol your child.
  • Starting school
    Description: Find out what is involved when starting school at primary level.
  • When someone dies
    Description: If you have recently lost someone close to you or know someone who has recently been bereaved, this will guide you through the immediate things that you must do following a death. Highlights state and voluntary services here to support you and covers issues during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Working with a disability
    Description: There are different supports for people with disabilities to help them to find and keep employment.
  • Workplace accidents or injuries
    Description: Find out what you should do if you have an accident while at work or on your way to work.