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Ridgeway
4/11/2019 08:50 EST

We are both 70 and retired. have dual citizenship (Irish and Canadian) and are seriously contemplating moving back to Ireland.
We need a lot of information and wonder if there is one central place we can get this information from or do we just post individual questions here on the forum?
The main information we need concerns, (1) paying taxes on Canadian pensions; (2) transferring money to Ireland; (3) Car insurance for over 70's; (4) getting an Irish driving license; (5) purchasing health insurance when over 70.
If anyone here can help with any of these questions, plus any other information we will be very grateful
Thank you so much.

dbarnwell
4/13/2019 09:33 EST

R:
Don't Do It.

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Joshuak
4/13/2019 11:07 EST

I second dbarnwell. DO NOT permanently move back to Ireland. There are several reasons, foremost of which is the healthcare system. Ireland has a shortage of facilities and medical personnel. The systems are overloaded. At age 70 you are at an age when heath care may become your most important need, if not today, shortly in the future. Health Insurance is extremely expensive for someone 70+. Second, Ireland is not the country it was 10 , 20, or 30 years ago. I have lived there for about 1 1/2 years just as an "adventure" to use Ireland as a base for exploring Ireland and many other countries in Europe. I have Dual Citizenship and knew what I was getting into as I had visited many, many times. We had no intention of remaining for life in Ireland. Suggest you might do the same. Ireland is a great place to visit. My Grand parents brought their 7 children to the US in 1929 and not one ever went back to stay. Visits, yes, as we still have family in the Bantry bay area. My Mother was the last of the immigrants to pass at age 97. And as to this date, I know of none of the offspring of my mother's family to have moved to Ireland on a permanent basis. One Grandson lived there for a couple of years as his pharma company had him working first in Belgium and then Ireland. One of his children was born with direct Irish citizenship, but no one wanted to stay. They are all back in US now.

texbucki
4/13/2019 12:46 EST

My domestic partner and I are also moving to Ireland within the next couple of years and the intent is very aligned to Joshuak. Establish ordinary residence by hunkering down for the first year and then launching into our extended European retirement/nomad life style. I'm a dual citizen(US Irish) but my better half is US only. As we understand it, we need to demonstrate residence for a yr. to qualify for ordinary residence and an Irish healthcare plan. Since we're from the states, any healthcare plan is cheaper but if there is a better way of establishing ourselves as a resident of the EU and more affordable/better quality healthcare, I sure would be interested in hearing it. We're in our late 50's so our needs may be different than our wonderful neighbors to the north. We wish you luck none the less. Slainte!

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