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Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic separated from the west coast of Great Britain by the North Channel, the Irish Sea, and St George’s Channel.


It is the second-largest island of the British Isles after Great Britain, the third-largest in Europe and the twentieth-largest on Earth.

Politically, Ireland is divided between the Republic of Ireland, which covers five-sixths of the island, and Northern Ireland, a part of the United Kingdom, which covers the remaining area and is located in the north-east of the island. The population of Ireland is about 6.4 million. Just under 4.6 million live in the Republic of Ireland and just over 1.8 million live in Northern Ireland.

The island’s geography comprises relatively low-lying mountains surrounding a central plain, with several navigable rivers extending inland. The island has lush vegetation, a product of its mild but changeable oceanic climate, which avoids extremes in temperature. Thick woodlands covered the island until the Middle Ages. As of 2013, the amount of land that is wooded in Ireland is about 11% of the total, compared with a European average of 35%.There are 26 extant mammal species native to Ireland.

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Speed Limits

Standard legal limits, which may be varied by signs, for private vehicles without trailers: In built-up areas 50km/h, outside built-up areas 60-100km/h according to road signs and 120 km/h on motorways.

Licence / Insurance

Driving licence: Minimum age at which a UK licence holder may drive a temporarily imported car or motorcycle (exceeding 150cc) 17.


Motor insurance: Third-party compulsory.


Unleaded petrol (95 octane) and diesel available. No leaded petrol. Lead replacement petrol and LPG are extremely limited in Ireland. Petrol in a can is permitted but forbidden on board ferries. Credit cards accepted at most filling stations; check with your card issuer for usage in Ireland before travel.


Tyres must be compatible with others on the car and generally be in good physical condition. They must be correctly inflated to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended pressure.


Tread depth must be above the legal minimum which for passenger cars is 1.6mm throughout a continuous band in the centre 3/4 of the tread and around the entire circumference.


You don’t have to carry a spare and it doesn’t have to meet the legal requirements while it’s stowed away.


Barrier free tolling now operates on the M50 Dublin, your number plate will be recorded when you pass through the toll and the fee must be paid by 8pm the following day at the latest, this can be paid at any of the ‘payzone’ outlets.


Motorcycles are exempt.


The driver is responsible for payment of the toll.

Other Requirements

Seat belts: Compulsory for front/rear seat occupants to wear seat belts, if fitted.
Passengers/children in cars: Children under 3 years of age may not travel in a car (other than a taxi) unless they are placed in an appropriate child restraint, they can travel on the front seat of the car if they are in a rear facing restraint system and the airbag is disabled.


Children over 3 who are less than 1.5m and weigh less than 36kg must use an appropriate child restraint when travelling in cars fitted with seat belts. If the car is not equipped with seat belts they must travel on the rear seats.
Child restraints must conform with the ECE R44.03 standard.


Lights: Dipped headlights should be used in poor daytime visibility.


Drinking and driving: If the level of alcohol in the bloodstream is more than 0.05 per cent, severe penalties include fine and/or imprisonment plus disqualification. The lower limit of 0.02% applies to novice drivers. Random breath testing is now in force throughout Ireland.
If a driver fails a roadside physical and behavioral test, the Gardai may ask him/her to accompany them to the station for a drug test, either blood or urine test.
Fines: A member of the Garda may hand a person a fixed penalty notice, this will detail that an offender has to pay the fine within 28 days. This may be handed to the offender directly or attached to the windscreen. If a fine is not paid within 28 days, the fine increases by 50%. A person can opt to go to court. Illegally parked cars can be clamped and sometimes towed.


Rule of the road is drive on the left; overtake on the right.
Horns must not be used between 23:30 and 07:00 hours.
Distances are given in kilometers.
Some level crossings have manual gates which motorists must open and close.
The use of radar detectors is prohibited; they can be confiscated by the Garda.

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