The appellant had never lived or worked in Ireland before and had no Irish family connections. He only worked for a few months in 2017, having first arrived in late 2016. While he stated he had no contact with family in England, he had no strong links in Ireland either. He had been residing with a friend in Ireland, but, as stated in his letter of appeal, the friend wanted him to move out if he could not pay the rent. His stated intention was to stay in Ireland into the future and to secure employment. The appellant was called to an oral hearing, but did not attend and did not provide any reason for same. The Appeals Officer considered that this was a missed opportunity to make a more convincing case that his centre of interest had indeed moved to Ireland for the purposes of meeting the habitual residence condition. Having considered the evidence, the Appeals Officer concluded that it appeared more likely than not that the appellant’s centre of interest remained in the UK and not Ireland, particularly in the context of his family ties, lack of previous connections to Ireland and the fact that a young man of his profile was likely to want to seek employment opportunities wherever in the world they may be.