New Returning to Ireland category on

Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Ciarán Cannon, T.D., today announced the launch of Returning to Ireland, a new online information portal for Irish emigrants seeking to move back to Ireland.

This new category will meet the information needs of Irish citizens who plan to, or have recently returned home to live in Ireland.  It includes information on residency for partners, enrolling in school, third level fees, finding somewhere to live, getting car insurance and accessing social welfare supports.  

This new resource has been created with support from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Read the press release to find out more or visit Returning to Ireland.

Leaving Certificate results – good luck!

Leaving Certificate results are available in schools today – Tuesday, 13 August 2019.

You can also access your results online from 10 am today.

The National Parents’ Council  operates a Leaving Cert Exam Helpline to give advice and support to students and parents. The helpline is staffed by qualified guidance counsellors and the number is 1800 265 165.

If you aren’t happy with your marks in any subject, you canappeal your results. Before you appeal your result(s), you can view your examination script and then decide if you still want to appeal.

Public holidays and time off

Monday 5 August 2019 is a public holiday. If you normally work on a Monday, you are entitled to either:

  • A paid day off on the public holiday
  • A paid day off within a month of the public holiday
  • An additional day’s pay
  • An additional day’s annual leave

If you do not normally work on a Monday, then you are entitled to one-fifth of your normal weekly wage for that day.

Part-time employees qualify for public holiday entitlement if they have worked at least 40 hours during the 5 weeks ending on the day before a public holiday.

Read more about your public holiday entitlements.