FAQs on Miscellaneous topics
Official Documents from Ireland
Birth, Death or Marriage Certificates
Original Irish certificates can be ordered online from
Police Clearance Certificates
If you require such a clearance (eg to apply for Residency in
Australia) you should follow the instructions provided on this
Recognition of Foreign (non-Irish) Adoption
If you are Irish and have adopted a child for whom you wish to
apply for citizenship, or for an Irish passport, (or if you
yourself have been adopted by an Irish parent and wish to apply) it
is necessary to first have the adoption recognised under Irish law.
The appropriate office to contact to apply for this recognition is
the Irish Adoption Board, Shelbourne House, Shelbourne Road, Dublin
If you have worked in Ireland and paid PRSI (Pay Related Social
Insurance) contributions you may be entitled to receive an Irish
pension. The office to contact to establish whether you have
an entitlement is: Pension Services Office, Dept of Social and
Family Affairs, College Road, Sligo, Co. Sligo, Ireland giving them
all your details.
You should be aware that receipt of an Irish pension will be
taken into consideration by the Australian authorities in deciding
on your entitlement to an Australian Age pension. However you
should not assume that your Australian pension would be reduced by
the full amount of your Irish pension.
Information relating to the Irish-Australian Social Security
Agreement is on the
website of the Department of Social and Family
Moving to Ireland
Spouse of Irish citizen/other EEA national
To enter Ireland as the spouse of an Irish citizen or other EEA
national you should carry with you (in your hand luggage) an
original civil marriage certificate and an original long form birth
certificate of your spouse.
To take up residence in Ireland as the spouse of an Irish citizen
or EEA national you will need to apply on arrival in Ireland to the
Garda National Immigration Bureau for permission to remain in
Ireland. Please note that this permission can take up to 6 months
to process and that you will not be permitted to work until it is
granted. Once your status is approved and you will be permitted to
work without an employment permit or business permission.
De facto partners
Information on recognition of de facto relationships for
immigration purposes is available on http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/WP07000278
Irish work permits
Information and application forms for work permits are available on
the Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment website
Irish Customs and Quarantine Questions
You are permitted to bring your personal medication into Ireland
with you. You should have a letter from your Doctor stating the
medication that has been prescribed for you and you must keep it in
its original packaging.
Bringing cremated human remains into Ireland
Quarantine for animals.
If you are moving to Ireland and wish to bring your pet(s) you will
find relevant information on www.agriculture.gov.ie/pets
Prohibited or Restricted Goods
Certain goods may not be imported to Ireland from outside the
European Community. The principal items are:
indecent or obscene goods,
plants or bulbs,
live or dead animals,
poultry, birds or eggs,
hay or straw or articles packed with these materials,
with specific exceptions meat or meat products, milk or milk
products and certain foodstuffs.
Certain other items may only be imported under licence, such as:
domestic cats and dogs (pets),
firearms and ammunition,
fireworks and explosives.
For further information, consult the website; www.revenue.ie