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Citizens of other EU countries are able to work legally in Dublin without a visa. Non-EU citizens require a work permit or work visa, although there is plenty of black-market labour about, especially in low-paying seasonal jobs in the tourist industry. Visiting full-time US students aged 18 and over can get a four-month work permit for Ireland through CIEE (617 247 0350; www.ciee.org; 2nd fl, 3 Copley Pl, Boston, MA 02116). Contact your local Irish embassy for more information. Work-related information can be found at the following:

Department of Enterprise, Trade & Employment (631 2121; www.entemp.ie; Davitt House, 65a Adelaide Rd, Dublin 2)

Nixers.com (www.nixers.com) An excellent online resource listing jobs in Dublin.

Working Ireland (677 0300; www.workingireland.ie; 26 Eustace St; noon-6pm Mon-Fri) An excellent resource is this one-stop, state-funded help centre which, for €35 a year, will lay out your CV, set up interviews, help find accommodation, recommend language courses and offer discounts on tours and phone calls.

A large number of recruitment agencies in Dublin will locate work for non-nationals, whether they be travelling backpackers or long-term residents in Dublin. These include the following:

Brightwater Selection (662 1000; 36 North Merrion Sq, Dublin 2)

Careers Register (679 8900; 26 Lower Baggot St, Dublin 2)

Global Partnerships (661 8740; 95 Lower Baggot St, Dublin 2)

Planet Recruitment (874 9901; 21 Eden Quay, Dublin 1)

Reed Recruitment Agency (670 4466; www.reed.ie; 47 Dawson St, Dublin 2)

Business hours

The standard business hours in relatively late-rising Dublin are as follows:

Banks 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday (to 5pm Thursday).

Offices 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

Post offices 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm Saturday.

Pubs 10.30am to 11.30pm Monday to Thursday, 10.30am to 12.30am Friday and Saturday, noon to 11pm Sunday (30 minutes ‘drinking up’ time allowed). Pubs with bar extensions open to 2.30am Thursday to Saturday, pubs with theatre licences open to 3.30am; closed Christmas Day and Good Friday.

Restaurants Noon to 10.30pm; many close one day of the week.

Shops 9am to 5.30pm or 6pm Monday to Saturday (until 8pm on Thursday and sometimes Friday), noon to 6pm Sunday in bigger towns only.

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