Halloween Offers - Ryanair

Dublin Airport flights: Ryanair announce Halloween spooktacular city break flash sale

Source: Dublin Live

Ryanair has announced a spooktacular Halloween city break sale with more than 20 locations from Dublin Airport included.

Prices start from just €7.99 one-way with the most expensive flight costing just €21.59.

This sale will last until October 17 with travel dates between October 9 and November 31.

So, what locations can flyers look forward to?

The cheapest flights in the sale are just €7.99 one-way to Luxembourg or Santander in Spain.

For a couple of Euro more, holidaymakers have a much bigger choice of destinations including Bologna, la Rochelle, Lourdes, Marrakesh, Milan, Venis, Warsaw, to name just a few.

A number of destinations in the UK are also included such as Liverpool, Newcastle, Birmingham, London and Edinburgh with prices ranging from €11.25 to €12.75 one-way.

Berlin Brandenbug, Barcelona, Marseille, Porto, Bordeaux and Corfu cost between €14.99 and €16.99 each way.

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How long can I live in Ireland as a Student?

Living in Ireland as a Student

Source: Dorset College Magazine, Issue 3, September 2021

This is a common question that is often asked by students. To help you understand this scenario a little better, we will look in detail at English Language Courses.

International students who come to the country can study up to 2 years of English with up to 3 periods of 8 months, with 6 months of classes and 2 months of holidays. This process can be renewed for two more periods, for a total of 24 months per language course, stamp 2 visa. After this period, or even before, the student can do Undergraduate levels 7 and 8. The courses vary from 1 to 4 years of classes.

It is possible in many cases, depending on the course, to have another year stamp 1G, and this visa is granted so that the students can put what they have learnt into practice and work full time for 12 months. After completing the course, students who wish to remain in the country can start a Master's degree level 9. Courses generally last from 12 to 18 months, and after completion, are entitled to up to 2 years of the 1G stamp of full-time work visa, the same as students receive after graduation.

How long can I live in Ireland as a student? FAQ

01 Does time spent studying in the country count towards Irish citizenship?
The Irish government changed the law in 2014, and from then on, study visas are no longer eligible to be considered as time spent towards an application for Irish citizenship.

02 How long after I have done two years of English in the country can I do English again? According to the visa rules, you are not allowed to restart studying English after you complete the two years, so if you have already done a language exchange once in your life, you will not be able to do it again. The same applies to undergraduate, postgraduate and masters courses.

03 Can I do another degree or Masters after I finish my course?
No. Each student must show progression and are allowed to study one Bachelor, one Master or Post Graduate course at level 9 on the National Irish Framework. Students cannot register for a second Bachelor or Master if they remain on the Stamp 2 visa.

General English Class

As we have seen, it is possible to study long term in the country, not to mention that during the study period other opportunities may arise, such as a work visa for example, but this is a subject for our next meeting.

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The growth of Ireland during the Pandemic

The growth of Ireland during the Pandemic

Source: Dorset College Magazine, Issue 3, September 2021

Ireland was one of the few countries in the world that managed to grow during the Coronavirus crisis. This could be due to the young well-educated workforce which adapted very well to the demands during Covid-19.

An increase of 6% in exports boosted Ireland's economy and was due to the activity of the multinational pharmaceutical and technological companies operating in the country. Ireland has recorded an incredible 3.4% increase in the gross domestic product (GDP) by 2020, thanks to the activity of several multinationals that are in the country, despite the profound economic impact of the pandemic, according to Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe.

However, it is important to note a few points.

Without the effect of the multinationals, Ireland's GDP fell by 5.4% last year, due to the impact of the health crisis on businesses and families. Consumer spending fell by 9%, double the 2009 drop during the international financial crisis.

The figures "show once again the dual economic impact of the pandemic, affecting domestic activities," Donohoe indicated. But at the same time, multinational pharma and technology companies were supported "by strong sales of immunology-related drugs, Covid- related products and moves to telecommuting," according to the minister.

It is worth noting that the Irish government has put a robust economic stimulus plan into action, with financial aid to businesses as well as to the entire population to the tune of around 5 billion euros. This injection of capital ensured that the economy would not stagnate, favouring household consumption, the maintenance of jobs and the generation of income.

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Mandatory Hotel Quarantine system ends with immediate effect.

Today, 25/09/2021, the Mandatory Hotel Quarantine system has officially ended with the last 50 people released with immediate effect. The Government had been phasing out the system and the most recent list consisted of just six countries, all from South America.

Mandatory Hotel Quarantine was introduced in Ireland in late March to help stop the spread of Covid-19. In its early days, it was beset by problems, with people absconding, complaints about conditions and the sick and bereaved appealing for leniency. Exemptions for the fully vaccinated and those travelling for medical reasons followed.

Around 10,300 people were required to enter mandatory hotel quarantine since March and at its height, 60 countries were on the list including France, Germany and the US. Since then, 593 residents have tested positive for Covid-19. In the past month, 98 people entered MHQ in Ireland, according to Government figures.

The decision to end the system was made on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan. It is understood that the dominance of the Delta variant in Ireland and elsewhere meant there were no remaining variants of concern that could be stopped from taking hold by requesting travellers to quarantine in hotels.

A Government source said the system was always designed to be short term and contracts with hotels were due to expire at the end of this month. Those who arrive in Ireland without proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test will now be told to home quarantine.

Source: https://www.rte.ie/news/2021/0925/1248983-hotel-quarantine-ireland/

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