Pets and wildlife

  • 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.

  • Rules on owning and control your dogs in Ireland. Includes licensing, microchipping and restrictions for certain breeds.

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

  • 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