Stay Safe in Ireland
The police force is known as An Garda Sochána, or simply “Garda,” and police officers are known as Garda (singular) and Garda (plural, pronounced Gar-dee), but the English word Guard(s) is used colloquially. Although the word “police” is seldom used, it is well understood. They are polite and accessible regardless of what you name them. Unlike the police force in Northern Ireland, uniformed personnel of the Garda Sochána do not carry weapons. However, detectives and police assigned to Regional Support Units and the Emergency Response Force (ERU), a tactical unit akin to SWAT, are allowed to carry firearms. If you’re traveling alone, police security checks at Shannon Airport may be arduous.
By most European measures, crime is quite low, although not by much. Late-night streets in major towns and cities, like everywhere else, may be hazardous. Don’t wander alone in desolate parts of Dublin or Cork after dark, and make sure you have a plan for returning home, ideally in a cab. Fortunately, most violent crime is caused by alcohol or drugs, so just avoiding the obviously intoxicated will keep you out of most trouble. If you need the services of the Garda, an ambulance, a fire department, the coast guard, or mountain rescue, call 999 or 112 from a landline or cell phone.
In the rare event that you are approached by a thief, keep in mind that Irish thieves in general are not afraid to fight. Surrender whatever valuables they request and do not resist, since hooligans are likely to be armed with either sharp or blunt weapons. If you have been the victim of a crime, you should report it right away. Cities and municipalities have significant CCTV camera coverage, and a quick phone call may help you recover your missing items.
Many of the country’s roadways are small and twisting, and traffic density has recently increased. Ireland is constantly improving its roads, however many potholes are not repaired in a timely way owing to budgetary limitations. If you’re driving a rental vehicle, keep an eye out for any imperfections in the road, since even the tiniest of dents may cause a rollover or an accident.
Stay Healthy in Ireland
In Ireland, almost all enclosed workplaces, such as pubs, restaurants, and cafés, are classified as smoke-free. Ireland was the first European nation to prohibit smoking in bars and restaurants. Smoke-free rooms are not required by law in hotels or bed and breakfast businesses. Owners of these businesses are allowed to enforce the prohibition if they want, even though they are not required to do so. Most hotels have classified certain guestrooms or floors as smoking and others as non-smoking, so you should indicate your choice at the time of booking. The smoking prohibition extends to the communal spaces of buildings. This implies that the legislation applies to the hallways, lobby spaces, and reception areas of structures such as apartment complexes and hotels.
A (covered) outside smoking area, sometimes with heating, is available at most bigger pubs and cafés. This is a fantastic method to meet people from the area. Smirting is a novel idea that combines the terms “smoking” and “flirting.” If none exists, be aware that drinking alcohol on the street is prohibited, so you may have to leave your drink in the bar.
Anyone found guilty of violating the smoking prohibition in the workplace may face a fine of up to €3,000.