Pets and wildlife

Horse identification and control
All horses, ponies and donkeys must have passports and must be registered and microchipped. Also, in specified local authority control areas, you need a licence to keep a horse.

Dog licences and ownership
Rules on the ownership and control of dogs. Includes licensing, microchipping and restrictions for certain breeds.

Environmental protection of nature and biodiversity
A range of Irish and EU legislation aims to ensure biodiversity by conserving natural habitats and wild fauna and flora.

Genetically Modified Organisms
EU environmental protection includes regulation on the use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). There is a broad legal framework to ensure that GMOs and GMO-derived products that are grown, marketed and imported to the EU meet certain safety standards