This isn't a question as much as a comment. I've been reading and contributing to this forum for a few months in preparation for my first trip to Ireland. We've been here for a week and are having a wonderful time in a beautiful and welcoming country.
The only negative issue that we've had was during the planning stages when we were learning about the car rental insurance policies. I've rented cars and driven all over the world and the pitfalls to renting in Ireland were something I've never experienced. The bottom line is that the car rental insurance costs added approximately $1000 to my 29 day rental charge.
I love this country and it's people and can see myself returning for many years to come. However, I wonder how many people look at the costs involved and decide to go somewhere else. The insurance cost for my rental came to about 15% of my total trip cost. That's alot for a retired couple traveling for an extended period of time. I wonder if the government isn't being shortsighted by not regulating this industry.
As far as the actual driving is concerned I would assure people that it isn't an issue if you use the same common sense that you use at home. Yesterday I spent most of the day lost in County Mayo. I was on many kilometers of L roads as well as B roads. The B roads are plenty wide enough for two vehicles. The thing that makes them appear narrower is that there are no berms. Just stay on your side and there will be plenty of room for everyone.
I hope no one takes this as a negative comment. As I said, I love Ireland and the people who live here and want to return on a regular basis.Edited: 25 May 2013, 10:43