'Returning to Ireland' online portal guides Irish expats on the practicalities of moving home

‘Returning to Ireland,’ a new online information portal for Irish emigrants planning to return home, has been officially launched.

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Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Ciarán Cannon, T.D. announced the launch of the new resource on August 22.

Created by the Citizens Information Board with support from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the new online resource contains information on the practicalities involved in returning to Ireland, including matters such as how the Irish taxation system works, how to get an Irish driving license or get a passport for a child born abroad.

The resource is a key component of the Government’s commitment under Ireland’s Diaspora Policy to facilitate, in practical ways, those that left Ireland and want to return home.

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Speaking on August 22, Minister Cannon said: “I am keenly aware that returning to Ireland from abroad can be a challenging experience. This is why the Government is committed to making this process as smooth as possible by ensuring that, as a first step, people thinking about making the move have access to comprehensive, detailed and accurate information.”

"The Citizens Information Board has already consolidated its position as the go-to resource for information about public services in Ireland. This new content, specially catered for returning emigrants, is exceptionally detailed and will no doubt be an invaluable resource for Irish emigrants moving back home."

Are you coming back to Ireland from abroad, or thinking of doing so? @citizensinfo and @dfatirl have put together a portal with all the info you need in one place. Check it out here: https://t.co/i0JQaUEuBa #GlobalIrish #ComingHome @Backforbusiness #working4irl pic.twitter.com/866NhHMtCa

— Irish Foreign Ministry (@dfatirl) August 22, 2019

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Angela Black, Chief Executive of Citizens Information, said: “Citizens Information Board is delighted to be part of this joint initiative with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to create this important online resource for emigrants returning to Ireland.”

“Last year, CitizensInformation.ie recorded more than 13 million users and 47 million page views. This new Returning to Ireland category will be a very useful resource for all Irish citizens living abroad and thinking about coming home, whatever their stage in life.”

“We hope that this information on returning to Ireland, in addition to the existing 1,200 webpages already available, helps our Irish citizens abroad navigate their way back home.”

Learn more about Returning to Ireland online.

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