To open a current account in Ireland you usually need to book an appointment with an advisor in a branch and then bring along a form of identification and proof of address. Some banks now allow you to open an account quickly and easily online. In this instance a second proof of address may be required.
There are a few steps involved in switching bank account. Note that if you have an overdraft with your existing bank you’ll need to make sure that your new bank is happy to provide you with one too. Otherwise you’ll need to clear your current overdraft before switching.
The best value current account for you will depend on several factors such as how much money you’ll deposit into your account each month, how often you’ll use your account and whether you prefer to make payments in cash or by card. Whether you want access to features like an overdraft facility and mobile payments like Apple/Google Pay will also need to factored into your decision too. Use our handy current account comparison service to quickly compare the different account features and charges from all of Ireland’s banks.
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