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In the absence of a binding agreement, it is too early to say what effect Brexit will have on residency and employment rights for UK citizens working in Trinity College Dublin or elsewhere in Ireland. Notwithstanding this, the Common Travel Area is likely to continue.

We will update this page when a deal is reached on this issue. The Brexit talks will NOT have any effect on the rights of any other nationality to live and work in the Republic.

In the meantime, UK citizens working in Trinity may wish to consider applying for Irish citizenship.

Under the Common Travel Area (CTA), Irish and British citizens move freely and reside in either jurisdiction and enjoy associated rights and entitlements including access to employment, healthcare, education, social benefits, and the right to vote in certain elections. The Common Travel Area pre-dates Irish and UK membership of the EU and is not dependent on it. Detailed work is at an advanced stage, both at home and bilaterally between Ireland and the UK, to ensure that all necessary provisions are made in both jurisdictions so that the CTA continues to function effectively. Both the Government of Ireland and the UK Government have committed to maintaining the CTA in all scenarios. The CTA has also been recognised in the negotiations and there is agreement in the Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland that Ireland and the UK may “continue to make arrangements between themselves relating to the movement of persons between their territories”.

This website links to the Department of Justice and Equality and provides information on eligibility for Irish citizenship