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The good, the bad and the ugly: What people REALLY think of Ireland

Amy Molloy

Published 19/09/2016 | 16:39

A look at the week that was. Stock image: Getty
A look at the week that was. Stock image: Getty

A new report ranked Ireland as the worst out of 67 countries for unpredictable and miserable weather.

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A survey carried out on more than 14,000 people living abroad has revealed that seven out of ten foreigners living in Ireland had negative feelings about the weather here.

The InterNations survey said: “The local climate and weather seem to be one of the biggest problems for expats. Not one respondent in Ireland rated the climate and weather as good.”

Malta, Costa Rica and Spain were voted the best climates, with Ireland being voted one of the worst, just one place below Britain in 66th place.

Ireland’s health system also came in for some criticism, ranking 59th place out of 67 countries for quality of medical care.

It’s not all doom and gloom for Ireland however, as we ranked 20th when it comes to friendliness.

“The Irish are very friendly and helpful, always willing to have a chat or lend a hand in anything. The second best thing is the beautiful unspoiled nature,” said one respondent.

While Ireland’s scenery received positive remarks, some people felt that our transport system made it difficult to travel outside of Dublin to see the sights.

“Living outside of Dublin makes it more difficult to connect … and the transport system does little to improve quality of life,” another respondent said.

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