Although Ireland has a rich and distinctive history, it is a truly modern nation. In more recent years the economy has experienced unprecedented growth – especially in IT, biotechnology and international finance – and it has one of the highest economic growth rates in the world. Many students help support their studies by working 20 hours per week during semesters and 40 hours per week during vacations. The minimum wage in Ireland is 8.65 Euros per hour and after graduation there are work permit and green card opportunities, which can lead to PR.
The population of the Republic of Ireland is 4.5 million with around 1.5 million living in the capital city, Dublin.