The police force in the Republic of Ireland is called the Garda Síochána ("Guardians of the Peace," in English), usually referred to as the Gardaí (pronounced gar-dee). The force is unarmed and is headed by a government-appointed commissioner, who is answerable to the Minister for Justice, who in turn is accountable to the Dáil (the Irish legislature). Easily identified by their fluorescent yellow blazers in winter, or, if weather permits in summer, by a dark blue shirt and peaked cap, the Gardaí are generally very helpful. They, and all other emergency forces, can be contacted by dialing 999 (in the Republic of Ireland, 112, the European standard, is also in use). These numbers will connect you with local police, ambulance, and fire services. You can expect a prompt response to your call. The Garda Síochána website provides contact information for local stations. In Northern Ireland the police force is the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI). They are distinguished by their dark blue coats and white shirts. They can be contacted by dialing 999 in Northern Ireland.

United States Embassy (42 Elgin Rd., Ballsbridge, Dublin, Co. Dublin, 4. 01/668–8777. dublin.usembassy.gov.)

Consulate General of the United States (Danesfort House, 223 Stranmills Rd., Belfast, BT9 5GR. 028/9038–6100. belfast.usconsulate.gov.)

General Emergency Contacts

Ambulance, fire, police (999 Republic and Northern Ireland; 112 Republic only.)

An Garda Síochána (www.garda.ie.)

Police Service of Northern Ireland (www.psni.police.uk.)

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