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  • Economy - Irish Point of Single Contact for the Services Directive
    that level in the region of a further 1 1 billion This very significant R D investment has seen Ireland rise quickly up the international rankings of scientific research capability from 36th place in 2003 to breaking into the top 20 for the first time in 2009 and remaining there ever since Education and training is a vital component of Ireland s knowledge based economy with approximately 1 million people in full time education 37 of the working age population including 48 of 25 34 year olds has a third level qualification significantly above the OECD average The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Ireland s Embassy network works with a number of government agencies to contribute to the growth of enterprise innovation and investment in Ireland Enterprise Ireland helps develop Irish based enterprise with the potential to trade internationally IDA Ireland is responsible for the attraction and development of foreign investment in Ireland Science Foundation Ireland invests in academic researchers and research teams who are most likely to generate new knowledge leading edge technologies and competitive enterprises in the fields of science and engineering Trade Ireland s total trade in 2011 was approximately 304 billion with a merchandise trade surplus of more than 43 billion Total goods exports amounted to 173 billion with services exports valued at 131 billion The main merchandise goods traded include organic chemicals mainly for the pharmaceutical sector medical pharmaceutical products and computers The main services areas are Computer Services Trade Related Business Services and Insurance and Financial Services Ireland s main trading partners include the United States Great Britain Belgium Germany France the Netherlands Switzerland and Japan Trade with other markets such as China Russia and Mexico is also expanding rapidly Corporation Tax Since 2003 Ireland s corporate tax regime has been fixed at a rate of 12 5 This applies to all Irish corporate trading profits A rate of 25 applies to non trading passive income Online Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade www dfat ie Department of Jobs Enterprise and Innovation www djei ie IDA Ireland www idaireland com Enterprise Ireland www enterprise ireland com Science Foundation Ireland www sfi ie Department of Finance www finance gov ie Central Bank of Ireland www centralbank ie Central Statistics Office www cso ie Agriculture Of the total land area of approximately 7 million hectares 17 million acres 5 million hectares 12 32 million acres are used for agricultural purposes including forestry Beef and dairying are by far the most important sectors of the agricultural industry The main crops are barley wheat potatoes and mushrooms The Agri Food industry makes a significant contribution to the Irish economy The combined agri food and drink sector accounts for 7 of GDP over 9 billion of exports and accounts for 150 000 jobs A key initiative in this area is the development of Bord Bia s Irish Food Board Origin Green initiative designed to establish Ireland as a world leader in sustainability Since launching in June 2012

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  • International Relations - Irish Point of Single Contact for the Services Directive
    cohesion The Irish Presidency Programme reflected the desire across the EU to learn from the economic crisis and to focus on strengthening competitiveness fighting unemployment and its causes and driving forward proposals that will deliver sustainable economic growth and employment The Irish Abroad More than one million Irish citizens are currently living abroad and it is estimated that as many as 70 million people worldwide can claim Irish descent While our largest emigrant communities have consistently lived in Britain and the United States a significant Irish presence can also be found in in Canada Australia New Zealand Argentina and Southern Africa Successive Irish Governments have accorded a high priority to maintaining and strengthening links with the Diaspora President Michael D Higgins awarded the first Presidential Distinguished Service Awards for the Irish Abroad in November 2012 The Award was established to provide a formal recognition by the Irish State to individuals resident abroad who have provided sustained and distinguished service to Ireland Irish communities abroad or Ireland s international reputation In 2009 the Government hosted the first Global Irish Economic Forum which brought together influential Irish and Irish connected individuals from abroad for an intensive exchange of ideas on how the Irish at home and abroad could work together and contribute to our overall efforts at economic recovery One of the key outcomes of the Forum was the establishment of the Global Irish Network Comprising of over 350 Irish connected decision makers from almost 40 countries the Network provides Ireland with an invaluable resource of international expertise A second Global Irish economic Forum took place in 2011 Also in 2011 the Government launched the Certificate of Irish Heritage to formally acknowledge the strong and enduring connection to Ireland felt by many people The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade oversees the

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  • Opening a bank account - Irish Point of Single Contact for the Services Directive
    more detailed information on what to ask about when deciding on a current account from the National Consumer Agency see Where to apply below When you open a deposit account you should know what rate of interest you may earn on your savings You should also find out how you can access your money should you need it A deposit account is not your only option you can save money in other ways for example through An Post A financial institution must establish your identity and verify your address before you can open a bank account Switching your account You may want to switch your account to another financial institution because Your circumstances may have changed and you may have different needs from an account You may have found an account that offers you a better deal You may be unhappy with the level of service that your bank is providing You may be unhappy with the fees your bank is charging If you decide to switch your account you can get information to help you decide and there are rules governing the process The National Consumer Agency has a personal current account cost comparison that may help you to see whether you can get a better deal from another financial institution If you decide to switch your account the Central Bank has issued a code of conduct on the switching of current accounts with credit institutions pdf All credit institutions banks and building societies in Ireland must comply with the code Under the code all banks and building societies must provide a switching pack to their customers This contains a description of all of the current accounts currently being offered to new customers as well as a step by step guide to what you need to do when switching

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  • Public Holidays in Ireland - Irish Point of Single Contact for the Services Directive
    holiday most businesses and schools close Other services for example public transport still operate but often with restricted schedules The list of public holidays each year is as follows New Year s Day 1 January St Patrick s Day 17 March Easter Monday First Monday in May June August Last Monday in October Christmas Day 25 December St Stephen s Day 26 December Good Friday is not a public holiday While some schools and businesses close on that day you have no automatic entitlement to time off work on that day How is the date of Easter Monday determined each year Easter Monday is the only public holiday that can vary significantly from year to year The date of Easter moves every year within the international calendar for civil use Broadly speaking Easter should be the first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after 21 March This means that the earliest possible date for Easter Sunday in any year is 22 March the latest is 25 April Easter Monday will fall on the following dates between 2013 and 2015 1 April 2013 21 April 2014 and 6 April 2015 Further information For further information on public holidays

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  • Registering to Vote - Irish Point of Single Contact for the Services Directive
    either their home address or their student residential address You must be registered at one address only and you must live at that address on 1 September before the register comes into force If you live away from the address at which you are registered you will need to contact the registration authority and give them your new address If you leave your address but you plan to return there within 18 months you can continue to be registered there as long you do not register at any other address Correcting your details in the draft Register If you need to add your name or change your entry in the draft Register you can do this up to 25 November each year You must fill in form RFA1 for the draft Register You can get an RFA1 form from your local post office or public library Forms are also available from your local authority and this is where completed forms should be returned to If you are applying because you have moved to a new address you should include this information and your former address so that you can be removed from the register for that area The amended Register of Electors is published on 1 February and comes into force on 15 February The supplement to the Register of Electors If your name is not on the Register of Electors in February you may still make an application to be included in a supplement to the Register on form RFA2 You can make this application at any time but in order to be included in the supplement used at an election your application must be received by your local authority at least 15 days before polling day Sundays public holidays and Good Friday are not counted as days for this purpose You are eligible for inclusion in the supplement to the Register of Electors on or after the day on which you reach 18 years of age You can be included if this birthday falls after the closing date for applications but is on or before polling day If you are within this category you should accompany your application with a copy of your birth certificate You can apply for inclusion on the supplement as a result of changing address on form RFA3 This will also remove you from the register for your previous address The Electoral Register and direct marketing Local authorities publish two versions of the Register of Electors the full register and the edited register The Full Register lists everyone who is entitled to vote Once a Full Register has been published it can only be used for an electoral or other statutory purpose The Edited Register contains the names and addresses of those voters who have indicated that their details can be used for other purposes for example for direct marketing use by a commercial company or other organisation If you do not want your details to be included in the Edited Register you should

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  • Social Services - Irish Point of Single Contact for the Services Directive
    comprehensive schools There are over 360 000 students in this sector attending over 729 schools Third level Education The third level education sector consists of universities institutes of technology and colleges of education All of these are funded by the State and are autonomous and self governing In recent years several independent private colleges have opened offering mainly business related courses There are more than 164 000 students in full time third level education Almost half of Ireland s young people proceed from second to third level and some 50 per cent of these take degree level programmes Online Department of Education and Skills www education ie Higher Education Authority www hea ie Health Services Public expenditure on health accounts for approximately 27 of Government current spending The expenditure is allocated to hospitals community health services community welfare services community protection services psychiatric services and services for those with disabilities The health services in Ireland are centrally directed by the Department of Health The provision of services is the responsibility of the Health Service Executive HSE Those with low incomes receive medical services free of charge The rest of the population can avail of the public hospital services at a relatively low charge and can choose to buy private health insurance The Department of Children and Youth Affairs deals with policy matters affecting early childhood care and education youth justice child welfare and protection Online Department of Health www doh ie Department of Children and Youth Affairs www dcya gov ie Health Services Executive www hse ie Social Protection The Social Protection system covers all of the internationally recognised forms of social protection Incorporating a mix of both social insurance and social assistance programmes it provides financial support to people such as the unemployed the elderly and those suffering from

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  • Planning and Building Requirements - Irish Point of Single Contact for the Services Directive
    as required under Part II of the Building Control Regulations 1997 to 2014 and submit to the Building Control Section of the relevant local authority Complete an application for a Fire Safety Certificate in accordance with the requirements Part III or Part IIIA as appropriate of the Building Control Regulations 1997 to 2014 and submit to the Building Control Section of the relevant local authority Complete an application for a Disability Access Certificate in accordance with the requirements of Part IIIB of the Building Control Regulations 1997 to 2014 and submit to the Building Control Section of the relevant local authority Submit a Certificate of Compliance on completion to the Building Control Section of the relevant local authority as required under Part IIIC of the Building Control Regulations 1997 to 2014 for inclusion on the statutory register maintained under Part IV of the Regulations Food and Beverages Scenario Opening a Cafe Restaurant Planning requirements If the café is being established on the site of an existing café the existing planning permission may suit the requirements of the new developer This should be checked by the developer at the planning office of the local authority in question If it does not suit or if the developer is establishing a new café in a location which did not previously have one planning permission will be needed for structural changes Section 32 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 2013 outlines the process by which planning permission should be sought this information is also available from the planning section of the local authority in question Building Control requirements Complete a Commencement Notice as required under Part II of the Building Control Regulations 1997 to 2014 and submit to the Building Control Section of the relevant local authority Complete an application for a Fire Safety Certificate in accordance with the requirements Part III or Part IIIA as appropriate of the Building Control Regulations 1997 to 2014 and submit to the Building Control Section of the relevant local authority Complete an application for a Disability Access Certificate in accordance with the requirements of Part IIIB of the Building Control Regulations 1997 to 2014 and submit to the Building Control Section of the relevant local authority Submit a Certificate of Compliance on completion to the Building Control Section of the relevant local authority as required under Part IIIC of the Building Control Regulations 1997 to 2014 for inclusion on the statutory register maintained under Part IV of the Regulations Personal Care Services Scenario Opening up a Fitness Club Planning requirements The same procedure as the food beverages scenario applies here The planning permission granted may restrict the hours of operation and or noise levels In a built up area bye laws may also exist restricting hours of operation The local authority would be the point of contact in this regard also Building Control requirements Complete a Commencement Notice as required under Part II of the Building Control Regulations 1997 to 2014 and submit to the Building

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  • Health and Safety - Irish Point of Single Contact for the Services Directive
    to achieve those goals The responsibilities and roles of employers the self employed employees and others The enforcement procedures needed to ensure that the goals are met The Safety Health and Welfare at Work General Application Regulations 2007 also place specific requirements on both employers and employees and a link to the available guidance documents relating to this legislation is given at the bottom of this page Employer Duties Employers including self employed persons are primarily responsible for creating and maintaining a safe and healthy workplace An employer s duties include Μanaging and conducting all work activities so as to ensure the safety health and welfare of people at work Designing providing and maintaining a safe place of work that has safe access and egress and uses plant and equipment that is safe and without risk to health Providing information instruction training and supervision regarding safety and health to employees Providing and maintaining welfare facilities for employees at the workplace Preventing risks to other people at the place of work including for example visitors customers suppliers and sales representatives Employee Duties Employees including those employed on a part time or temporary basis also have duties including Comply with relevant laws and protect their own safety and health as well as the safety and health of anyone who may be affected by their acts or omissions at work Ensure that they are not under the influence of any intoxicant to the extent that they could be a danger to themselves or others while at work Cooperate with their employer with regard to safety health and welfare at work Participate in safety and health training offered by their employer Not engage in any improper conduct that could endanger their safety or health or that of anyone else More information is available for

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