Information Resources

Cairde develops  culturally appropriate information materials about health and health services in Ireland. Some are available in various languages.

An abortion is a medical process to end a pregnancy. It is also known as “termination”. It is generally a safe process, but there are some risks associated with abortion. The earlier you have an abortion, the safer and simpler the process will be.

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HPV causes cancer, the vaccine prevents it

Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection can cause cancer and warts in both men and women.
In women, HPV can cause cancer of the cervix, throat, vagina, vulva and anus. In men, HPV can cause cancer of the penis, throat, or anus.
Every year in Ireland, over 500 people are diagnosed with one of these cancers. Learn more: ENG


This leaflet will tell you more about CERVICAL SCREENING IN IRELAND
The test is a small medical procedure to check for
cervical cancer in women. You can have a free cervical screening at any GP practice or clinic that is
registered with CervicalCheck.





We developed this guide to support you on your journey to good mental health.
Life can throw different challenges at us. For example, when you move to a new country, you
may feel isolated due to language and cultural barriers or discrimination. This can cause specific
stresses which may negatively affect your mental health and quality of life.
This guide provides information on how to look after yourself in Ireland and highlights the services available if you need support.



ybyrEvery country has its own legal norms for sexual activity. You may be from a country with different rules about how old you have to be to engage in sexual activity, and if a woman has to agree to sexual activity. Ireland has its own rules about sexual consent that everyone must follow. ENG



Healthy heart guides:

  1. Heart health is extremely important for living a long and healthy life. 10,000 deaths per year in Ireland are due to heart disease or stroke. It explains multiple steps to better heart health. They include not smoking, eating healthy, exercising regularly, and more. ENG
  2. This guide focuses on cholesterol. If your cholesterol levels are too high, your arteries can clog and cause a heart attack. This guide explains what cholesterol is, what kinds of food have good and bad cholesterol, and ways to monitor and lower your cholesterol. ENG
  3. This  guide focuses on the importance of keeping your blood pressure at a normal level. It explains what blood pressure is, how to measure it, and what to do if you have high blood pressure. It also explains how other problems, like high cholesterol, are linked to high blood pressure. ENG
  4. This guide focuses on heart attacks. It explains what a heart attack is, how to determine if you are having a heart attack, what to do if you are having a heart attack, and more. ENG
  5.  This guide focuses on stress. ENG
  6. This is a short quiz designed to help you see how much you know about heart health. It asks questions on everything from cholesterol, to heart health, to the importance of maintaining a healthy weight. It also provides short explanations of all of the questions at the end. ENG

councelling In counselling, a professional counsellor provides a safe, confidential space for you to discuss problems you want to understand better. You and your counsellor work together to explore how you can manage your lifestyle better and deal with those issues. Make an appointment with your GP to discuss your needs. Your GP may give medication or refer you to private/public services or specialists.
You can also get counselling through self-referral by contacting individual organizations and making appointments directly.


UntitledDomestic violence is the physical, emotional and sexual abuse of one person by another. An abuser will use domestic violence to gain control over their victim. If you are afraid for the safety of you and your family, you can apply for different types of protection orders. There are many centres across Dublin which you can go to to get help and information.




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Sexual Health Services in Ireland leaflet – STIs are sexually transmitted infections that are passed on from one person to another
through sexual contact and sometimes by genital contact. It is important to get tested because some STIs do not have symptoms. There are few clinics testing for STIs, located in Dublin, are free and confidential.




PLEuropean Health Insurance Card / Europejska Karta Ubezpieczenia Zdrowotnego 

Leaflet explaining procedure of applying for EHIC






Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes is a disease that has been and continues to impact the nation, and those most at risk of developing worse conditions after being diagnosed with the disease are migrant populations.  Many people have diabetes or are in a pre-diabetic phase and may not even know it.



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Mental health stigma 

Stigmas are a result of incorrect or lack of knowledge around certain issues. In particular, concerning mental health, stigmas can be the result of a lack of awareness on issues around mental health. Mental health stigma affects everyone.



DEntal leaflet cover pic Dental Services for Children

There are many opportunities for free dental services for children in Ireland who meet certain criteria. Children in Ireland are entitled to free dental checks and care until they are 16 years old. Pre-school children can be referred for dental treatment from child health service and school health service examinations.



IMG_3028Maternity Services in Ireland 

All pregnant women who are “ordinarily resident” in Ireland are entitled to free public maternity care.  The entitlements include all antenatal care, care during and the birth of your child and hospital accommodation costs for mother and baby in a public ward.



MC cover ENGMedical Card 

A Medical Card and a GP visit card  allows you and your family  to get certain health services free  of charge if  you cannot afford to pay for your health care.  A medical card normally covers you—the card holder and your family.




  GP in Ireland

In Ireland when you fall ill you go to see a family doctor/general practitioner (GP) /a family doctor  who  provides most of your healthcare needs.