Cancer screening

The CervicalCheck programme has set up a helpline for women concerned about previous smear tests.

If you would like to speak to someone, you can call this Freephone number 1800 45 45 55 from 9am to 6pm, Monday to Sunday.

You can also read Questions and Answers from CervicalCheck.

Summer education

The July Provision Programme funds an extended school year for children with certain learning disabilities or an autism spectrum disorder. The scheme funds both school-based and home-based tuition.

You can apply for home-based tuition for your child by completing an application form (pdf) and returning it to the Department of Education and Skills.  You should read this information note (pdf) before applying.

The deadline for applications is Friday 18 May 2018. Applications received on or before Friday 4 May 2018 will be given priority.

Maritime passengers’ rights

EU Regulation No. 1177/2012 (pdf) protects the rights of passengers travelling by sea or inland waterway.

The Regulation provides that passengers affected by cancellations are entitled to either:

  • An alternative sailing at the earliest opportunity, under comparable conditions and at no additional cost, or
  • A full refund

You should contact your travel provider in the first instance. If you’re unhappy with their response, you can make a complaint to the National Transport Authority.

Read more about passengers’ rights in our document or in this information note (pdf) from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.

Voting by post in the referendum on 25 May

If you cannot vote at your local polling station because of work, or because you are studying full-time somewhere else in Ireland, you can still apply to vote by post.

To be eligible, you must already be registered to vote on the current Register of Electors.

Download form PVS2 (pdf) from, fill in your details and ask your employer or college to fill out the appropriate certificate on the form. (There are detailed instructions on the form.)

You must get the completed form to your local authority by Saturday 28 April 2018.

Electric vehicles – financial incentives

A new scheme will offer drivers of electric vehicles reduced rates on certain toll roads from summer 2018.

Under the scheme, electric vehicles using an electronic toll tag will get a discount of either 50% (battery electric vehicles) or 25% (plug-in hybrid vehicles) on selected tolls until 2022.

Other incentives include grant support for new purchasesrelief on Vehicle Registration Tax and help with the cost of installing a home charger.

Read more about electric vehicles on

Are you registered to vote? – there’s still time to register if not

You can use to see if you’re registered to vote.

If not, you can still apply to be registered in time for the upcoming referendum. Your application must reach your local authority by the right closing date.

The closing date for the supplement to the main Register of Electors is Tuesday 8 May 2018.

The closing date for the supplement to the Special Voters List or the supplement to the Postal Voters List is Saturday 28 April 2018.

Application forms are available on

Health insurance abroad

The European Health Insurance Card lets you access public healthcare services when travelling in the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.
You can apply online if you are currently resident in Ireland and already have either a medical card or a Drugs Payment Scheme card. Otherwise, you can download an application form (pdf) and return the completed form to your Local Health Office at least 1 month before you travel.
European Health Insurance Cards are not renewed automatically when they expire. You can apply to renew your Card online.
There is more information about the Card on and in our document.