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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: I have not received the official invitation. May I still participate?
A: This event is an exclusive event by invitation only. The official invitation was sent on 21 September 2017. Please check your email and RSVP. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Q: How many participants will attend the Roundtable?
A: We are expecting up to 250 participants representing 80+ international organizations.

Q: Where is the Roundtable taking place?
A: The Roundtable 2017 is taking place in the Hibernia Conference Suite of Dublin Castle, located in the heart of Dublin city, Ireland. Within the castle grounds sit a suite of grand reception rooms known as the State Apartments, which will serve as the venue for the CDR 2017 evening reception on Monday, December 6th.

Throughout the ages, Dublin Castle has been at the heart of Ireland’s history: from the foundations of the first Viking settlement 1,000 years ago, through to the handing over of the castle by the British authorities to the Irish Free State in 1922.

As well as being one of the architectural highlights of Dublin today, the venue has served as a ceremonial and administrative center for Ireland for centuries, with successive Irish governments continuing to use it for important national occasions, such as state dinners, commemorations and Presidential inaugurations.

Address: Hibernia Conference Suite, Dublin Castle, Dame Street, Dublin 2. For more information, see http://www.dublincastle.ie/how-to-find-us/

Q: Where can I find the Roundtable’s agenda?
A: This information will be posted in October on the following page: Agenda.

Q: Where can I find more information on the Clinics?
A: This information will be posted shortly. It will be available at the following page: Clinics.

Q: How can I get more involved at the conference?
A: The CDR offers various opportunities to be involved. As a participant, you will have valuable time attending the clinics, talking and sharing with your fellow HR professionals. You can also participate by offering a clinic, volunteering or entering the competition for Awards.

Clinic Presentations: We are currently accepting offers for clinic sessions. A clinic is a breakout session that typically lasts for 1 to 1.5 hours. If you would like to host a clinic, please send a title and synopsis (less than 200 words) to Jingsui Wang at jwang@unfpa.org no later than October 6th.

Volunteers: Students and young professionals located in or near Dublin are welcome to participate through volunteering during the conference. Please contact us for more information.

Innovation Awards: You can share your ideas and achievements within the realm of recruitment and talent development and be recognized by HR leaders in international organizations. It will help us further evolve best practices and achieve more for our organizations by working together. For more information, please see Awards.

Q: What is the Career Fair? Where is it held?
The Public Appointments Service and the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade will host the 14th International Organizations Career Development Roundtable’s Career Fair with the support of UNFPA. It is the largest representation of international organizations to inform interested candidates about the opportunities, requirements and access paths to the multilateral sector.

The Careers Fair will take place at the Printworks in Dublin Castle – http://www.dublincastle.ie/how-to-find-us/.

Q: What is the dress code for the event?
A: We expect all participants, speakers and organizers to dress in formal or business casual attire. We recommend wearing comfortable footwear, as you will be standing a lot and walking from one room to another.

Q: Do I need a visa?
A: If you are traveling from another EU Member State, you do not need a visa. A list of countries that require a visa to enter Ireland can be found here: http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/visa-required-countries.

If you are unsure as to whether you require a visa, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Q: How to get to my hotel from the airport?
A: Dublin transport is very easy to navigate from the airport. You can travel by taxi, Aircoach or bus (747) from the airport to your hotel.

Taxi: There are taxi stands situated outside Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. It is approximately a 30-minute journey to the city center. The cost will be roughly €25 from the airport to your hotel, but prices will vary depending on your hotel location. To get a more precise cost estimate, please see here.

Aircoach: You can catch an Aircoach from Dublin Airport to Dublin City Centre outside both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 at the Airport. These buses run very regularly and take approximately 30 minutes to the city center. It is up to an extra 10 minutes walking to reach the respective hotels.

Tickets: You can book your Aircoach tickets online in advance or you can purchase them at an Aircoach departure stand at either Terminal 1 or Terminal 2. You may also purchase your ticket from your driver when boarding the coach.

Prices: Adult ticket prices are €7.00 single, or €12.00 return from Dublin Airport to Dublin City Centre. For further information, please see http://www.aircoach.ie/.

747 Bus: The 747 public bus departs from Dublin Airport to Dublin City Centre. Adult tickets cost €7.00 single or €12.00 return. There are several stops, please consult the map to find out which would be closest to your hotel.  It can take 45 minutes to an hour to reach your hotel. 

Q: How do I get around the City?
A: It is very easy to navigate Dublin City Centre. Between the road signs, Google maps and the very helpful locals, you will not have a problem finding your way! Dublin City Centre is quite compact and can be easily navigated on foot, by Dublin Bus, Tram (Luas), Rail (DART) or taxi.

If you wish to use a taxi, there is rarely a shortage in Dublin City Centre. You can hail them on the street, or by using mobile apps such as MyTaxi or Lynk.

Q: Should I buy a specific transport ticket in Dublin?
A: You can purchase tickets for the Luas or DART at designated machines by each stop/ station. These machines accept notes, coins or card payments. Dublin Bus tickets can be bought upon boarding. Note that Dublin Bus drivers only accept coins, so make sure you have change available!

Using public transportation without a ticket can be heavily fined. For more information on purchasing tickets and prices see:

Dublin Bus http://www.dublinbus.ie/Fares-and-Tickets/
Luas https://www.luas.ie/tickets-and-fares/
DARThttp://www.irishrail.ie/fares-and-tickets/fares-info

Dublin Bus Tours: Dublin Bus Tours offer a Freedom of the City three day Freedom pass for only €33. This is the best value ticket in Dublin and provides you with 72 hours of unlimited journeys on certain transport. For more information see https://www.dublinsightseeing.ie/freedomticket.aspx. ­­

Q: How much time does it take to go from my hotel to the Dublin Castle?
A: If you are planning on staying in the hotels that we have suggested, it will generally take you around 10-15 minutes to get to the venue. You can either walk or get a taxi.

Q: Where can I change my money to Euro currency? Do I need to do that?
A: We only accept Euro currency in Ireland. If you need to exchange money, there are foreign currency exchanges located in Dublin City Centre. For more information, see http://www.currencyexchange.ie/our-location/.

Q: What is the weather like in Dublin at that time of year?
A: Winter time in Dublin is quite cool and the weather can be changeable. Average temperatures range from 4-10°C. It is advisable to bring warm outerwear, gloves and to carry an umbrella with you.

Q: Where can I go in Dublin during my free time?
A: Dublin is the capital city of Ireland, so there are always a lot of interesting things to see and do. Please see the Location page for some suggestions to help make the most of your visit.

Q: I still have questions. What should I do?
A: If you have more questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our team will work on getting back to you as soon as possible.

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