The Automobile Association (Ireland)

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AA roundel (town sign) near to Duncormick, County Wexford, Ireland
An AA motorcycle sidecar were the same as those used in Ireland

The Automobile Association (or simply AA Ireland) is an automotive services company in Ireland, founded in 1910. It provides rescue services, personal lines insurance and travel, technical and information services. AA Roadwatch supplies traffic and travel information in Ireland.


AA Ireland employs over 400 people and its head office is located at Maryland House, Dublin, with its Rescue Centre based in the city centre and central patrol garage located at Naas Road, Dublin.

There is an AA shop at 56 Drury Street, Dublin. AA Ireland Ltd. is registered in Ireland under Company Number 389194, with its Registered Office at Drury Street. Patrols are located in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Sligo, Galway, Waterford and Drogheda. AA Ireland has a customer base of 400,000. Its branded rescue product, AA Membership, is held by over 315,000 members, giving the AA a market share of 85% in the market for those motorists who choose and purchase rescue cover. The AA also provides breakdown assistance to fifty percent of new cars as part of their warranty, in association with ARC Transistance.

AA Ireland is often referred to as the Automobile Association of Ireland, though this is not the legally incorporated name[citation needed]. It is a subsidiary of The Automobile Association in the United Kingdom, and uses the same logo, branding, and slogan as its UK counterpart.

Activities include:

  • insurance brokerage
  • vehicle breakdown service
  • car servicing
  • inspection and grading of Irish Hotels, Guesthouses, B&Bs and tourist accommodation
  • evaluation of second-hand vehicles, and the provision of information to members regarding new cars
  • travel insurance
  • Issuing of International Driving Permits (IDPs) at their Drury Street, Dublin and Cork branches to Irish and Irish-resident EU driving licence holders
  • AA Signs Service (provision of temporary directional signage to events)

The European Campaign for Safe Road Design[edit]

The European Campaign for Safe Road Design was a partnership between 28 European road safety stakeholders that called in 2009 for the EC to invest in safe road infrastructure initiatives, which the group claimed could cut deaths on European roads by 33% in less than a decade.[1] AA Ireland is the campaigns partner in Ireland.

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