Info for Overseas Visitors

Banks
Standard banking hours are Monday to Friday from 9:00 or 9:30 until 15:30 or 16:00 (some remain open until 17:30). Many bank branches stay open late once per week (Usually a Thursday until 17:30 or 18:00) as well as being open on Saturdays (9:00-9:30 until 12:30 or 15:30).

Climate
Spring is a popular time to visit Dublin and the weather is fairly mild during April, it can often be warm and sunny, although some days may be rainy and windy. Many of the trees begin to flower at this time of the year.

Clothing
Always keep a sweater handy for sudden changes in weather. Rain can occur at any time, so bring a waterproof jacket, plus warm clothing just in case.

Dress is informal and relaxed on most occasions. Smart casual clothes are acceptable at most restaurants and night-spots. Men are generally not expected to wear suits and ties.

Disabled access
The law requires new buildings to provide access for people with disabilities, but check when booking. The Convention Centre has wheelchair access. If you are unsure please email general@cochrane.nhs.uk

Electricity and power plugs
The system supply voltage remains centred on 240 V. Generally 3 pin socket everywhere. A "shaver socket" (Euro plug) is sometimes found in bathrooms that will provide low current to some other plug types. These sometimes have a ~110 V socket and a ~240 V socket in the same unit, or a switch to select voltage for a single socket. The 3 pin socket usually has an on-off switch.

3 pin socket

Euro Plug

Emergency phone number
In health and safety emergencies, dial 999 for ambulance, police or fire services. In Ireland, the police are called the 'garda'.

Food
Dublin is a small, multicultural city and has a growing reputation as a centre for good food and drink.

Geography
Dublin is a relatively small city, with a population of just 500,000. Going by bus or car is probably the best way to get around in Dublin. Information about parking in the city can be obtained here.

Goods and Services Tax
The rat of VAT (Value Added Tax) varies in Ireland depending on what you buy. For most goods it is 23%, for restaurant meals it is 13.5%, and for children's clothes and educational items, it is 0%. Goods bought from duty free shops before departure are exempt from VAT. If you want to buy a greyhound, VAT is capped at 4.8%.

Insurance and medication
We strongly advise you to take out appropriate personal, travel and health insurance.  The event organisers shall not be held liable for personal accidents, loss or damage to private property of registered participants. In the event of disruption in the programme for major or unforeseen causes, organisers accept no responsibility for economic losses incurred by delegates.

Visitors bringing in a quantity of medication are advised to carry a doctor's certificate to avoid possible problems with customs.

Smoking
Smoking indoors is prohibited in all hospitality venues and public buildings; there are designated smoking areas for each venue.

Tipping
Employees in the Republic of Ireland do not depend on tips for income. On average 10% is tipped on food but not on drinks.Tipping in appreciation of good service is at your discretion.