Ireland is a generally safe country. The 2018 Peace Index ranks it as the tenth-safest country in the world, just behind Japan. A 2017 Fáilte Ireland survey found that 97% of tourist felt safe and secure on their visit to Ireland. Those staying longer-term can expect to feel safe, too. Ireland’s crime rate is low by global standards – The United States Department of State considers Dublin a low-threat location.

Nevertheless, you should take the same precautions that you would do in any large city – keep your valuables secure, don’t walk in dimly lit areas alone at night and ensure that you obey the road rules.

If you need emergency services, including the Police (An Garda Síochana), Fire Brigade, or Ambulance, call 112 or 999.

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