Irish Links

Irish Links

Irish Links


Government of Ireland

For a full listing of Irish government departments, see:

For a full listing of Irish agencies, see:

For a full listing of topics available at this website, see:

Department of Foreign Affairs

The Department of Foreign Affairs Internet page provides information on Ireland’s foreign policy. Material includes key documents on Northern Ireland and Anglo-Irish Relations, Facts About Ireland, reports on the Irish Aid Programme, material on Ireland and the European Union.

New J Visa Program Announced – Sept 2008

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Micheál Martin TD, signed a major agreement this week with the US Government that will allow Irish citizens to work and travel in the US for up to 12 months. Information and the press release announcing the program is available on the Department of Foreign Affairs website 
The agreement contains the following key elements:

  1. The US Government will make available up to 20,000 visas for Irish citizens, which will permit them to work and travel in the US for a period of 12 months
  2. The Irish Government will make available up to 5,000 work authorizations for US citizens, which will permit them to work in Ireland on the same basis
  3. Both US and Irish citizens will be free to secure employment on arrival in each country;

In order to qualify for the program participants should be either in post-secondary education or have recently graduated. The current J-1 exchange program which permits students from the US and Ireland to work and travel during the summer months will continue to operate as usual.

Information on how to apply and the documentation required will be available soon. Applications from US citizens wishing to travel to Ireland will be accepted by the Irish Embassy in Washington and the Consulates in Boston, Chicago, New York and San Francisco.

Government Press and Information Services
The website of the Government Press and Information Services

Citizens Information
Citizens Information is an Irish eGovernment website, provided by the Citizens Information BOard. The site provides public service information for Ireland. provides comprehensive information on all aspects of Public Services and entitlements for citizens in Ireland. The site is based on a personal approach to the presentation and delivery of information on public services and the social and civil rights of everyone in Ireland.


Houses of the Oireachtas
Ireland is a parliamentary democracy. The National Parliament (Oireachtas) consists of the President and two Houses: Dáil Éireann (the House of Representatives) and Seanad Éireann (the Senate) whose powers and functions derive from the Constitution of Ireland enacted by the People on 1 July 1937. Each House of the Oireachtas has power under its Standing Orders to form Committees for specific purposes. There are four types of committees: Standing, Select, Joint and Special.


An Taoiseach
The official website of the Irish Prime Minister


Crosscare Migrant Project
Crosscare Migrant Project (formerly Emigrant Advice) is an Irish organisation part-funded by the Irish Abroad Unit of the Department of Foreign Affairs.

They offer a free, comprehensive information, advocacy & referral service to individuals considering returning to Ireland and to those who have already returned.  The service they provide includes offering information on: Benefits & Entitlements, Accommodation, Healthcare, Education, Finding a job, Pensions, Banking etc.

Crosscare Migrant Project works to ensure people are fully informed of their rights and entitlements and that they are provided with accurate information specific to their situation.  They are also more than happy to provide information and support on these issues to organisations both in Ireland and abroad.

Additionally, Crosscare Migrant Project has produced a guide to support returning Irish emigrants. The ‘Returning to Ireland’ resource contains comprehensive information on the above topics, and is available to download in fact sheet format from their website. /

A Guide to Holiday Working Schemes, Cross Care Migrant Project, June 2012

Habitual Residence Condition, Cross Care Migrant Project, July 2013


Gaelic Athletic Associations
The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) was founded on November 1st 1884, by a group of spirited Irishmen who had the foresight to realise the importance of establishing a national organisation to revive and nurture traditional, indigenous pastimes.


National Archives of Ireland
The National Archives holds the records of the modern Irish state which document its historical evolution and the creation of its national identity. Under its governing legislation – the National Archives Act, 1986 – the National Archives provides services both to the Government and the public.


National Library of Ireland
The National Library of Ireland is a cultural institution under the aegis of the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism. Its mission is to collect, preserve and make available books, manuscripts and illustrative material of Irish interest.  The National Library is open, free of charge, to all that want and need to use it. A Reader’s Ticket is necessary in order to consult most categories of material.

The Library does not lend books and reading is done in the various reading rooms. There is also a copying service and it is possible to get photocopies, photographs, slides, or microfilm of most items in the collections. The Library has an ongoing programme of exhibitions.


Armagh GAA Orchard County Supporters Site
This County Armagh Gaelic Football site is dedicated to GAA within the Orchard County.It Includes news, articles, player profiles and history. They are a forum based community discussing fixtures, results, videos and gossip surrounding Gaelic football and Hurling in Armagh at all levels.


Irish Online Counselling and Psychotherapy Service (IOCPS)
Since the Irish Online Counselling & Psychotherapy Service (IOCPS) opened for business, our client work has shown us the story of emigration beyond the airport departure gates. As well as learning to adapt to a new culture, possibly a new language, the geographic isolation from loved ones can lead to emotional isolation. The loss of physical proximity to family, friends and community is often highlighted during times of celebration, such as births, weddings, birthdays etc, or at times of sadness such as relationship breakdown, illness or death.

We offer counselling sessions through three mediums, instant chat, telephone and video call via Skype. Our opening hours are not restricted to 9am-5pm GMT, thus facilitating sessions through a medium and time that suit the client regardless of their time zone. Currently 40 per cent of our clients are Irish people living abroad. Some came to us after trying traditional counselling in their host countries, which didn’t provide a viable support for them because of language barriers or cultural differences.