Emergency Services

All emergency services, Ambulance, Police (Gardai), and Fire Brigade, may be contacted by ringing 999 or 112. There is no charge for using this number. It may be called from any phone even if you do not have credit on the phone.


An Garda Siochana (known as ‘the Guards’) is the Irish police service.  They are an unarmed service. They have been quite helpful and supportive to asylum seekers and refugees in the past.

The local Garda station is in Barrack street Athlone, beside the big church. Telephone (090) 64 98550

The Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) deals with immigration-related issues. They are based in Harcourt St. Dublin 2. Telephone 01-6666666.

Note that all these activities are criminal offenses in Ireland. If you commit any of them, prosecution may follow:

  • Begging
  • Carrying a weapon, including knives of any sort, is considered a very serious offence
  • Larceny (stealing, shoplifting)
  • Creating a nuisance or disturbance
  • Driving without a license or insurance
  • Assault
  • Domestic Violence is totally unacceptable in this country.
  • Drunk and Disorderly behaviour

If you are convicted of any offence this may have an effect on any future application you make for leave to remain.

Ambulance Service

The National Ambulance Service provides paramedic support and transport to hospital in case of emergency.  Phone 999 or 112.


The Fire brigade service covers fire emergencies.  Phone 999 or 112.