General Information:Capital: Dublin
Political system: a parliamentary republic consisting of 26 counties. The prime minister (prime minister), who has executive power, is appointed by the lower house of deputies (Dail) and appointed by the president. The head of state, the president, has mostly protocol powers.
Population: 4.9 mil
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Official language: Irish, English
EU single emergency number: 112
Rescue service: 999
Cultural differences and advice from Intercultural Communication Coach:
Ireland is associated with symbols such as the harp, the shamrock or the Celtic cross. The U2 musicians and actors Pierce Brosnan and Colin Farrell are among the well-known Irish celebrities. There are two official languages in Ireland, English and Irish (called Gaelic in Irish). Like the English, the Irish drive on the left. And just like the English, they drink black tea with milk and sugar. If you do not clearly say that you want it either without milk or that you do not really prefer black tea at all, you will definitely get this combination. The Irish belong to the nations and cultures that look very friendly, relaxed and informal on the outside. They often address each other by first names from the first meeting. They approach problem-solving pragmatically and value their freedom.
The Irish are one of the communicative cultures. They have their own specific humour, which is reflected in their private and professional lives. They usually do not use their university degrees and aim to establish equal working relationships regardless of the level of management. Recommended topics for small talk include leisure activities, sports and of course the weather. In terms of time perception, the Irish culture is one of those that perceive time flexibly. They, of course, try to meet deadlines, but it is not a priority that would be the main feature of professional behaviour. If they get excited about something, they are completely absorbed by it. Therefore, it sometimes happens that business partners do not get answers to questions that are not directly related to the project, which sometimes seems to be an unprofessional approach. When communicating and seeking to maintain mutual harmony of relationships, they avoid saying “No” directly, for which the business partner must be prepared.
Recommendations for Co-operation with Colleagues from Ireland:
Building trust before the co-operation itself is very important.
Business meetings take place in a relaxed atmosphere.
Decision-making usually takes some time.
The Irish are known as experienced business negotiating partners and the numbers are pivotal to them.
The Irish expect their colleagues to take a proactive approach and participate in discussions.