112 is the “Single European Emergency Number”
It works in all EU countries and can be used to call for help in an emergency.

When in Ireland or when travelling, if you need to contact an Ambulance, the fire brigade, the police or the Coast Guard. Would you know which emergency number to call?

As Europeans are increasingly travelling for business or leisure, millions of people could be faced with this problem. Fortunately, there is no need to look up and remember the emergency numbers for each EU country you are visiting. Just remember 112!

112 is your pan-European number to access the Emergency Services whilst travelling within the EU.

In Ireland, 999 and 112 exist equally and run in parallel. Regardless of which number you call in Ireland, there will be no difference and the call will be handled in the same manner.