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Part time resident between U.K. and Ireland

Old Jul 3rd 2022, 5:54 pm
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Hi
We are a British couple who wish to spend part of the year in our rural house in Mayo, Ireland and otherwise in our home in Wales.

We want to buy a car to keep in Ireland and fly back and to. We are really struggling to work out how to do this?

We have found that unless you have an Irish driving licence, you can’t get insured? We did not intend changing our licence as need it for U.K.

Our UK insurance allows us to take our car to Ireland but this is for a limited number of days per year. We don’t want to do this as it would mean crossing by ferry every time we go, which is far more expensive than flying.

Has anyone come across a similar situation and is there a way around it? .

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Old Jul 5th 2022, 8:44 am
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Sorry, no advice just sympathy. Unfortunately Brexit really screwed up things like this.
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Old Jul 5th 2022, 8:58 am
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Sorry, no advice just sympathy. Unfortunately Brexit really screwed up things like this.
Thanks leepee. I know, it’s mad isn’t it? We just can’t think of a way around it except to cross by ferry each time. It’s around £500 per trip on ferry plus a very long drive to Mayo. Flying into Knock is around £100 per trip and is twenty minutes from our Irish home. Hope we can find an insurance company that accepts uk licences, have to just keep searching!
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Originally Posted by SamWales View Post
Thanks leepee. I know, it’s mad isn’t it? We just can’t think of a way around it except to cross by ferry each time. It’s around £500 per trip on ferry plus a very long drive to Mayo. Flying into Knock is around £100 per trip and is twenty minutes from our Irish home. Hope we can find an insurance company that accepts uk licences, have to just keep searching!
There are cheaper rates to be had with the ferry and it will be a lot more relaxed than flying these days, even if you think the opposite right now. Normally you have to be resident to get insurance and I agree that Brexit has not made it easier + anything outside the normal will mean you will get very expensive quotes. Apart from that, flying only looks cheap now and when you have to get a 2nd car here, Insurance, NCT, Road Tax, maintenance, ferry isn't that expensive. Probably better to find another Insurer in the UK that allows you to take car for longer periods.
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