Intellectuals and Public Opinion Conference September 4/5, 2009
General Information
  • On-line Registration:  A credit card is required to register on line.  This system accepts visa or mastercard.  If you do not own a credit card, it is possible to buy a pre paid credit voucher.  Please see www.3v.ie.  It will take one minute to register and is free of charge.  You can then purchase a 3v voucher at participating retail outlets.
  • Registration Confirmation: You are required to enter your email address when you register online.  An automatic confirmation is issued to this email address confirming your exact registration details as you have included them and confirming the payment deducted from your credit card.
  • Cancellation Policy:  A 20% deposit must be paid to confirm the booking.  All deposits are non refundable/non transferrable.  All group cancellations must be received 6 weeks prior to the arrival date, should a group cancel after this deadline, a cancellation fee of 100% of rooms will be charged. 
  • Privacy Policy - Payment and Security:
    Payment for online registrations are made through the www.conference.ie website. Card payments are via REALEX, a secure server (SSL) connection to ensure the safety of your on-line payment. We accept Visa and Mastercard cards only.  Credit card information is used solely for the purpose of payment processing.  Payments are through the online site and details of the card are received only by the secure online payment agent Realex, however, in some instances we will contact you for your card details for additional payments as agreed with you.  We will not share this information at any time.
  • Directions to Galway:  Please log onto http://www.aaireland.ie/routes/ to plan your trip to NUI Galway, University Road, Galway.
  • Climate: Ireland has a mild climate with the warmest months being July and August for more information and the current temperature check http://www.meteireann.ie/
  • Currency: The currency of Ireland is the Euro which is made up of 100 cents, for daily exchange rates check,   http://www.ecb.int/stats/eurofxref/eurofxref-xml.html
  • Language:  There are two official languages in Ireland: Irish, which is the national language, and English which is the language of the majority of the population.
  • No Smoking:  Smoking is now forbidden in enclosed places of work. This includes office blocks, various buildings, public houses/bars, restaurants; for more information: http://www.oasis.gov.ie/employment/health_and _safety_in_employment/ban_on_smoking_in_the_workplace_in_ireland.html 
  • Time Zone: Ireland is on GMT.
  • Tipping: Most hotels and restaurants include a service charge of 10-15% to your bill. A small tip is appreciated for good service. Tipping is not usual in pubs.  Taxies are tipped 10%.
  • Vat Refunds: Value Added Tax (VAT) is usually included in the price of goods and services in Ireland. Visitors to Ireland from outside the EU can obtain a refund of VAT. www.fexco.com
  • Visas:  For the latest information on visa requirements check. http://foreignaffairs.gov.ie/home/index.aspx?id=8605
  • Voltage: Mains electricity is supplied at 220 Volts www.iol.ie/~discover/elect.htm.