European au pairs with a valid European driving licence issued by any EU/EAA member state are allowed to drive in Ireland without any restrictions and don’t require any further driving permits.
Make sure that the car your au pair is driving is fully insured, taxed and has an up-to-date NCT certificate and is roadworthy. Bear in mind that not all car insurance companies in Ireland will insure an au pair coming to Ireland from a different country and being under 25 years of age. We advise you to ring your insurance company in advance to check if you can add your au pair as a named driver to your car insurance policy. Please see below a list of some of the insurance companies who can insure au pairs on a family's car in Ireland.*
If you need your au pair to drive, you should provide them with enough petrol to carry out their au pair duties or provide them with money to pay for petrol.
Keep in mind that au pairs will not be held responsible to pay for any costs arising from car expenses or accidents while they are driving the family’s car. It is important that you clarify all these issues with your au pair before they come to Ireland and that you agree on all terms.
*Liberty Insurance, 123.ie, Aig and OneDirect among the others would allow to add an au pair as a named driver to an existing policy with no age restrictions (as far as the au pair is 18+ and has a valid driving licence) against the payment of an additional charge. For more information contact your car insurance company.