Through the work of the ITBA, IRTA and Horse Racing Ireland’s equuip department, the horse racing and breeding industry have secured 100 work rider permits.

Please see relevant information and contact details for this process.

General Employment Permits Checklist (Click Here)

Please also see these important links when applying for a General Employment Permit (General Employment Permit - DETE (

(online application link available here)


It is important to note, that it is a requirement to undertake a Labour Market Needs Test, which involves:

  • To provide the Department of Social Protection Employment Services/EURES Employment Network Reference Number of the advertisement for the job.
  • Advert must run for 28 days before the application can be made.
  • A copy of the advertisement for the job in a national newspaper for each of the 3 days.
  • A copy of the advertisement for the job in a local newspaper for each of the 3 days (if paper published weekly only 1 advertisement required) or copy of ad on a job’s website (separate to Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection/EURES website) for 3 days.


Full details of this process can be found at the attached link – Labour Market Needs Test - DETE (