JWH Ireland

Working in the Republic of Ireland

The republic of Ireland, also known as the ‘emerald isle’ is known for its rolling green hills, ancient castles and famous authors and poets such as Oscar Wilde and Yates.

Steeped in history, Ireland is full of amazing sites to see including the stunning coastlines like the cliffs of Moher and the wondrous National Parks, such as Killarney National Park.

Known for their friendly manner, the Irish will always make you feel welcome. Ireland is also a great location internationally, as you are only across the water from Wales, Scotland and England. There are many transport links to Europe and if you wish to spread your wings a little further, flights to the USA can take as little as 6 hours.

Ireland is not only for the lover of the outdoors but has many cosmopolitan attractions and famous cities such Ireland’s capital, Dublin. With Ireland’s vibrant atmosphere, there is always plenty to see and do.

The Healthcare System in Republic of Ireland

Ireland provides a free public healthcare service, funded by tax payers. This is governed by the Health Act 2004 to provide every resident in Ireland free public health services. The coverage is dependent on your financial earnings. This service is better known as the Health Service Executive.

HSE – Health Service Executive

The HSE provides health and social services to everyone living in Ireland. Its services are delivered in hospitals, health facilities and in communities across the country.

The wide range of care services provided in the community are available through the 32 Local Health Offices nationwide – the first port of call for community care in Ireland.

Addiction services, disability services are listed, along with environmental health, public health, and sexual health services. Mental health services are undergoing significant reform at the moment.

The HSE delivers its services through fifty public hospitals and thirty-two local health offices nationwide. The HSE is divided into four regions:

  • HSE Dublin Mid-Leinster – (County Kildare, County Laois, County Longford, County Offaly, County Westmeath,County Wicklowand South Dublin)
  • HSE Dublin North East – (County Cavan, County Louth, County Meath, County Monaghan and North Dublin)
  • HSE South – (County Carlow, County Cork, County Kerry, County Kilkenny, County Waterford, County Wexfordand South Tipperary)
  • HSE West – (County Clare, County Donegal, County Galway, County Leitrim, County Limerick, County Mayo, County Roscommon, County Sligo and North Tipperary)

Each region is headed by a Regional Director of Operations, who is responsible for managing all services in that area. The HSE provides health and social services to everyone living in Ireland. Our services are delivered to young and old, in hospitals, health facilities and in communities across the country.

Public health care
If you are a EU)/EEA or Swiss national, or if you are normally resident in Ireland, you are entitled to receive the same level of health care as Irish citizens. Depending on your income, you may be eligible for a medical card, which entitles you to the full range of medical services at no cost.

If you are not from an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland, you will be entitled to certain services free of charge and you will have to pay for the remainder.

If you are coming to live, work, study or retire in Ireland you can find out more information on eligibility for public health services. If you are coming to Ireland on holiday or on a short stay (for example, on business), find out more information on health services for visitors to Ireland.

Private health care

In addition to the public health system, people in Ireland can avail of a range of private health care services. You must pay the full costs of treatment if you opt for private health care.

There are a number of private health insurance companies in Ireland. Providers in Ireland include the Vhi , Laya Healthcare, Hibernian Aviva, GloHealth and HSF Health Plan (does not provide cover for hospital in-patient costs). As long as you are from the EU/EEA or Switzerland or normally resident in Ireland, you are entitled to the same benefits from your private health insurance with any of these companies as any other Irish citizen. www.citizensinformation.ie

Medical Registration in Ireland

To work as a doctor in the in Ireland you must be registered with the IMC.
Medical Council (IMC) www.medicalcouncil.ie

For information on medical registration in Ireland please get in touch with one of our team members from our London based agency – Julie Warner Health UK.

Language Requirements:

All overseas applicants without English as their first language are usually required to sit an examination with the international English language testing system (IELTS).

For more information on the IELTS examinations please visit: www.ielts.org


There are a wide range of visas available dependant on the type of job position you are looking to take.

Click here for more information on UK visas.

For information on Irish visas, please click here.

For information on healthcare career opportunities in Ireland, please contact our team at Julie Warner Health UK