If you hold a national driving licence or international driving permit from a country outside of the EU that is not one of the Recognised States, you can only drive in Ireland for the duration of a temporary visit (a visit not exceeding 12 months). If you intend to stay in Ireland for more than 12 months, you will have to apply for an Irish driving licence. You can apply for the Irish Learner Drivers Licence at any stage within the first 12 months of return, this will include passing a theory test, sitting lessons and passing a driving test.
For more information on all that is involved in that process , please see HERE
-Once you obtain an Irish Learner Permit, this will take precedent over your full foreign driving licence. and all rules & regulations pertaining to the holder of a learner permit applies / e.g., display of “L”plates, must be accompanied by a qualified driver, other requirements are listed HERE. Under-going the learner driver process is also likely to have implications for your car insurance
– People in this category may qualify for reduced Essential Driving Training lessons (6, instead of 12), please contact the NDLS for more information on that.