In Emergencies dial: 112 or 999
In Ireland we have two emergency numbers, 112 and 999. 112 also works in all EU countries and from any phone, free of charge. If a family member or friend is travelling within the EU soon, check that they know what number to call in case of any emergency – under stress of an accident, it could prove vital.
You should call 112 or 999 in the case of an emergency. An emergency is any incident which requires an immediate Garda response. Examples of emergencies are:-
- A danger to life
- Risk of serious injury
- Crime in progress or about to happen
- Offender still at scene or has just left
The principal emergency services are the “blue light” services that respond to normal emergencies in Ireland, namely An Garda Síochána, the Ambulance Service, the Fire Service and the Irish Coast Guard. These principal emergency services are the ‘first responders’ in most emergency situations.
What happens when I call 112 or 999?
Remember when calling 112 (or 999), ‘stay calm, stay focused and stay on the line’.
When you call 112 or 999, please clearly state the emergency service you require. You may be required to give details such as your name, location and telephone number.
In all other circumstances when reporting a crime you should contact your local Garda Station. You can find out details of your local Garda Station in our Station Directory.
Anyone with information regarding a crime can also ring the Garda Confidential Telephone Number 1800 666 111.
Contact details of your local Garda Station should be readily to hand in both your home and place of work, and on speed dial on your home and mobile phones.
An Garda Síochána needs the support and cooperation of everyone in the community to prevent and detect crime. Visit the Garda website for information on crime prevention to improve your own security, and reduce the fear of crime and the risk of it occurring.