What kind of power plug is used in Ireland?

Is it the typical plug used in most of Europe? Or is it the British one?

(Could you attach or link to a photo so I can make sure?)


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It's the same as the British one (Type G). (Type D) was once common and may be occasionally found. The voltage in Ireland is the same as the rest of Europe (220 volts).

To be more specific, From Wikipedia:

The British Standards 1363 plug[17] is used in the United Kingdom and other countries. Compatible plugs standards are IS 401 and IS 411 (Ireland), MS 589 (Malaysia) and SS 145 (Singapore), and SASO 2203 (Saudi Arabia).

This is how it looks:

UK power outlet

Bath and shower rooms

From Wikipedia:

In the United Kingdom and Ireland, there is a two-pin socket for use with electric shavers in bath or shower rooms.[18] It derives from the unearthed version of 5–6 A British plug and it has 0.2 in (5.08 mm) diameter pins 5⁄8 in (15.88 mm) apart. The sockets for this plug are often designed to accept unearthed CEE 7/16, US or Australian plugs as well. Sockets are often able to supply either 230 V or 115 V. In wet zones, they must contain an isolation transformer compliant with BS 3535.

UK Shavers

For more details, check the electrical outlet website for a list of the electrical plug types for the whole world.

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    It may be worth adding that the voltage is the same as the rest of europe, it's just the plug that differs
    – Gagravarr
    Jun 8, 2012 at 10:46
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    Actually in UK, Ireland and mainland EU it's no longer 220V, it's been 230V for quite a few years now.
    – vartec
    Oct 1, 2012 at 12:22
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    @vartec: To be precise, the EU-wide standard since 2008 has been 230 V ±10%, where the permitted 10% range of variation is cleverly chosen to cover both the 220 V and the 240 V standards previously used in different countries, with plenty of room on either side for actual voltage fluctuations. So the nominal voltage is 230 V nowadays, but the actual voltage you're getting may well be closer to 220 V (or 240 V or even 250 V), depending on where in Europe you happen to be. Nov 10, 2016 at 12:55

As others have mentioned, it's the same as the UK.

Ireland & the UK are quite culturally close (and were the same country until 1922), so anything bought in the UK would have to work in Ireland. There are numerous 'high street' UK chains operating in Ireland selling the same merchandise.

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    There used to be issues whereby UK televisions wouldn't work completely or at all in Ireland, as some channels in Ireland were VHF which the UK boxes couldn't receive. Post-digital though, this is not a problem any more.
    – Alan B
    Sep 23, 2013 at 9:08

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