Security and emergency services

Defence Forces
The Defence Forces consist of a Permanent Defence Force and a Reserve Defence Force. Find out more.

Garda Síochána - national police force
The Garda Síochána is the national police force. It has responsibility for carrying out all policing duties in the State.
This document is in: Law enforcement

Emergency health services
The Health Service Executive (HSE) has responsibility for the delivery of public emergency health services. How the services are organised, who is entitled to access them and how to access out-of-hours help in an emergency.
This document is in: Health system

Fire services
The Fire Service in Ireland plays an important role in fire prevention, building inspection and providing emergency services.

Irish Coast Guard
The objective of the Irish Coast Guard is to reduce the loss of life on Ireland’s seas, lakes, rivers, coastal and remote areas.

Civil Defence
Civil Defence is a volunteer-based organization that supports the front line emergency services.

Major emergencies
How are major emergencies such as a train crash or flooding dealt with.