Originally Posted by Phil Gull
I realize that this is a rather naive question and I think I already know the answer but I just wanted to confirm that I have got this correct.
My wife and I are both English by birth. We emigrated to Canada more than 30 years ago but when I retire sometime in the next couple of years we are seriously considering moving back to Europe. And Southern Ireland is currently our most likely choice.
Since we are English citizens I understand that, through the European Union, we have right of abode in Southern Ireland.
Is there anything that we need to do regarding informing authorities that we are planning on moving to Ireland or can we simply show up ? Of course, our belongings will have to go through some sort of customs processes but I cannot think of anything else.
Any comments would be much appreciated. Thanks for your help.
As you and your wife were born in England, you are both EU citizens; and free to live in any part of the EU.
A word of advice when coming to Ireland:
There is no such country as Southern Ireland.
There is the Republic of Ireland, and Northern Ireland.
Some people will take offence at you referring to the Republic of Ireland as Southern Ireland.
It would be like referring to the UK as the mainland.
You have to be mindful of the conflict history between the UK and Ireland, especially during the 30 years of The Troubles in Northern Ireland.
Things are improving here both in the North and Republic, but there are still many who would take offence to you saying Southern Ireland.
Personally I think the term: EU nanny super state would be a more apt name for Ireland these days.