Living in Ireland - Multilingual Resources

Living in Ireland Publication

Crosscare, the Social Care Agency of The Dublin Diocese have established the Crosscare Migrant Project which is an information, advocacy and referral organisation for migrants in vulnerable situations. They have produced an information resource called ‘Living in Ireland’ which is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, Polish, Portuguese Brazilian, and Russian.

Local Guides for Newcomers

Find Your Way: A Guide to Key Services in Dublin City Centre is a useful guide published by Dublin City Centre Citizens Information Service in association with Dublin City Public Libraries and North West Inner City Network, and funded by the former Office of the Minister for Integration (now the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration). This directory of local services in the Dublin City area is available in English, Russian, Polish, French and Chinese.

You can get a copy of the guide, free of charge, by dropping into the Dublin City Centre Citizen Information office at, 13A Upper O'Connell St, Dublin 1. Telephone: 01 8090633. Inside the back cover of the guide is a map with details of key services in the appropriate language.

The Newcomer’s Guide to the South East aims to introduce newcomers to the South East of Ireland (Counties Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford).

You can find links to the guide in English, Polish, Russian, and Czech at this page. The guide also refers the reader to other, more detailed sources of information and support.

Rules of the Road

“Rules of Road” is published by the Road Safety Authority and provides an interpretation of road traffic law in Ireland. It is available in English, Irish, Polish, Russian and Chinese Mandarin on the Road Safety Authority website.

Fire safety

The Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government has information on the prevention of fires on this page of their website. In addition they have produced a booklet on Fire Safety at Home and a short leaflet. The leaflet is also available in Chinese, Latvian, Lithuanian, and Polish.

Luas (Dublin Trams)

Luas is the Dublin tram service. The service operates on two lines: the Green Line which connects St. Stephen’s Green with Sandyford, and the Red line which connects Tallaght with Connolly railway station. Information on the Luas service is available on their website. if you scroll to the bottom of their homepage, you will find information about the Luas in 8 languages (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish and Spanish).

Elected Government

To learn more about the local and national Government and the functions of the President and the two Houses of Parliament; Dil ireann (House of Representatives) and Seanad ireann (Senate), visit the Department of Foreign Affairs website to view the publication "Ireland in Brief". There are also links to Chinese, Czech, French, German, Irish, Italian, Polish and Vietnamese translations on that page.

Right to Vote

All Irish citizens who have reached the age of eighteen years and who are not disqualified by law have the right to vote in all elections. If you are legally resident in Ireland but not an Irish citizen, you may also have the right to vote in some of the elections.

The right to vote is as follows:
  • Irish citizens may vote at every election and referendum. Only Irish citizens can vote in Presidential Elections
  • British citizens may vote at Dil elections, European elections and local elections
  • Other European Union (EU) citizens may vote at European and local elections
  • Non-EU citizens may vote at local elections only.

If you have applied and been approved for Irish citizenship, you have the right to vote in all referenda and elections in Ireland. In order to exercise that right, you must ensure that your name has been entered on the Electoral Register.

The Electoral Register

A person's name must be entered on the register of electors for the locality in which the elector ordinarily resides. Registration authorities (county and city councils) are required by law to prepare and publish a register of electors every year. The register comes into force on 15th February and is used at each election and referendum held in the succeeding 12 months.

The Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government is responsible for the various legislative codes dealing with the registration of electors and the conduct of elections and referendums. The Department offers helpful information on English, Arabic Chinese Czech, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish and Slovak.

Local Elections

This is a useful leaflet explaining how members of Local Authorities in Ireland are elected: -,1881,en.pdf

This leaflet is available in Arabic, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Chinese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Slovak.

European Parliament Elections

A leaflet explaining how Members of the European Parliament are elected is available in several languages here: -

European Parliament How Ireland’s MEPs are elected
Evropsk parlament Jak se vol iršt členov Evropskho parlamentu
Parlement europen lection des dputs europens en Irlande
Eiropas Parlaments Kā Īrijā ievēl Eiropas Parlamenta deputātus
Europisches Parlament Wie Irlands Mitglieder des Europischen Parlaments gewhlt werden
Eurpai Parlament Az r kpviselők vlasztsrl
Parlamento Europeo Come vengono eletti i membri del Parlamento europeo irlandesi
Europos Parlamentas Kaip renkami Europos Parlamento nariai Airijoje
Parlament Europejski Jak są wybierani irlandzcy członkowie Parlamentu Europejskiego
Parlamento Europeu Como so Eleitos os Deputados Europeus Irlandeses
Parlamentul European Cum sunt aleşi membrii Parlamentului European n Irlanda
Eurpsky parlament Ako s volen rski poslanci Eurpskeho parlamentu
Parlamento Europeo Cmo se elige a los eurodiputados de Irlanda

Doras Luimni have produced a leaflet in several languages, which explains who has the right to vote in Presidential elections.

Employee Tax

The website of the Revenue Commissioners provides information in the following languages; English, Irish, Czech, German, Spanish, French, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovak, Russian, Chinese, Romanian and Bulgarian. You can access material in these languages at this page.

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