Introduction to the Irish System

Overview Document What is the social welfare system in Ireland? How is it organised and who can apply for social welfare benefits? This document provides an overview of the system and includes links to more information.
This document is in: Irish social welfare system

This document provides an overview of housing in Ireland.

Health care for new residents
Outline of health care services in Ireland, including public and private health care, and health insurance.

How your income tax is calculated
Tax on income you earn from employment is deducted directly from your salary (pay). Find out how this tax is calculated.
This document is in: Income tax

Choosing a primary school
Information about the different types of primary schools and their admission policy.
This document is in: Going to primary school

Choosing a post-primary school
There are different types of post-primary school. The main difference is in how your school is managed, how it is funded and who owns your school.
This document is in: Going to post-primary school

Moving to Ireland and your social security entitlements
This document discusses your social welfare entitlements if you move to Ireland from abroad.

Political system at national level
This description of the way in which the political system operates at mational level includes an outline of the Oireachtas. It also contains an explanation of the political terms used.

Local government
Local authorities provide an extensive range of public services in your area. You can read here about what they do, who makes decisions and what are their responsibilities.
This document is in: Local and regional government