Ireland is a beautiful green country with a hilly geography, numerous plains and rivers cutting through the land. Incredible scenery and some of the friendliest people in the world makes Ireland one of the best place to live. Ireland is among the countries enjoying the highest quality of life in Europe and its also rank as the third richest country in the European Union.
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Health care in Ireland is two-tier: public and private sectors exist. The public health care system is governed by the Health Act 2004, which established a new body to be responsible for providing health and personal social services to everyone living in Ireland – the Health Service Executive.
All persons resident in Ireland are entitled to receive health care through the public health care system, which is managed by the Health Service Executive and funded by general taxation. A person may be required to pay a subsidised fee for certain health care received; this depends on income, age, illness or disability. All maternity services and child care up to the age of six months are provided free of charge.
There are three different types of hospital provision in Ireland:
The levels of Ireland's education are primary, secondary and higher education. Education is compulsory for all children in Ireland from the ages of six to sixteen or until students have completed three years of second level education and including one sitting of the Junior Certificate examination.