AIRPORT

Dublin Airport (DUB) is conveniently located approximately 10 km north of Dublin city centre. Dublin Airport is served by a large number of buses, coaches and taxis all allowing you to get to and from the airport with ease. Also you can get to the airport by bus, taxi, or car, and there are also services from nearby train stations.

TRANSPORTATION FROM THE AIRPORT

Taxis are available from the forecourts directly outside Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Passengers should follow Taxi signage to the designated taxi ranks. A taxi dispatcher is available at either taxi rank if you require any further information or assistance.

All licensed taxis are obliged to display passenger information including rights and responsibilities and fare information, which will be supplied by the Commission for Taxi Regulation, in the front and back of the vehicle. All licensed taxi drivers must display their driver identification card in clear view of the customer.

There is currently no direct rail link to Dublin Airport. Taxi and bus services are available to most train stations throughout the Dublin area. Dublin Bus serves Heuston and Connolly rail stations.

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CLIMATE

Dublin enjoys a maritime climate, which means there are no extreme weather conditions to hamper visitors. From cool, wet winters to warm summers, the weather can be unpredictable but never truly unpleasant.

Although Ireland has a reputation for being a wet country, Dublin gets off lightly compared to much of the rest of the country. It certainly rains, but even the wettest month (October) sees less than 3 inches of rain, and rain on less than half of the days in the month.

The weather in autumn in general is cool and sometimes rainy, but equally often crisp and clear. Average October Temperature in Dublin is Low 8C (46F) and High 13C (55F).

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CURRENCY

The currency in use in Ireland is the Euro. Cash machines (ATMs) are widely available. Bank opening hours are typically between 10:00-16:00 Mondays to Fridays. Most hotels, shops, restaurants and some bars accept all major credit cards. Visa and Master Card are the most widely used credit cards in Ireland. If you plan on visiting a pub it is advisable to bring some cash. You will also need cash for taxis and most public transport.

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ELECTRICITY

In Ireland the standard voltage is 230 V. The standard frequency is 50 Hz. The power sockets that are used are of type G.

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LANGUAGE

The language spoken in Dublin is English. Street signs and official buildings are signposted in both English and Gaelic, the indigenous Irish language.

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TIME ZONES

Ireland uses Irish Standard Time (IST, UTC+01:00) in the summer months (starts on 29 Mar. ends on 25 Oct. 2015) and Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0) in the winter period (from 26 Oct 2015).

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REGISTRATION FEES

Registration and attendance at the meeting is free. However, you are required to pay for your accommodation and meals. Coffee breaks are provided during the meeting.

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SAFETY & SECURITY

Dublin is a safe city, but you should exercise the same common sense precautions you would in any city: do not walk alone at night, stick to crowded areas, do not engage in any flashy displays of wealth (including flashing cash, cell phones, or personal music players). When walking around town, be careful to observe traffic lights. Pay attention to the direction the cars are going – the Irish drive on the left side of the road. Never assume a car will stop for you or steer out of your way.

Be particularly alert when you use ATMs. ATM fraud is a major problem in Dublin – thieves either “shoulder surf” as you enter your PIN or use “skimmers” in the machine to collect your security information and later pickpocket your wallet. The safest ATMs are those located indoors or with a prominent security camera.

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

112 / 999 – Emergency Police, Fire, Ambulance

The fire, ambulance and police services in Ireland and Northern Ireland are all contactable via the above numbers. When calling emergency services you will be asked to provide:
• The exact address of the incident or emergency and/or any noticeable landmarks nearby.

• Directions to the scene of the emergency.

• The telephone number you are calling from.

• Details on the incident itself, the number of persons involved, the description of any visible injuries and knowledge of any pre-existing medical conditions.

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