Brilliant reply. To summarise;
We have been living together for 21 months here. We have a tenancy agreement, and both our mail comes to the same address. We do not, however, have joint bank accounts.
If we fly to Ireland, and rent together for a further 3 months, can we then fill out the EU1 form and obtain a Residence Card for myself? I will have a job abroad in Egypt (month on, month off), and will be sustaining her while she looks for work. She will not require access to public funds.
After obtaining the Residence Card, we come down to the UK. We will then need to again, apply for a Residence Card in the UK for me to stay in the UK for longer than 3 months? And if we wanted to live in another member state, I'd need to obtain another card again?
My income is very high, and we will have in excess of $100k savings before going over there. Is that enough to show we are both able to support ourselves when applying for a visa (assuming she is unable to find work)?