Not sure about the Republic of Ireland never used it but!! In Uk Cheshire we have a hospital phoneside hook up. Calls charged at a stupid 60p a minute rate then you phone all you hear is twaddle for at least three minutes or more that you have reached the hospital connection service. Ching!! Then what you already know is told again. Ching! Then you are informed this is the hook up for so and so which you knew anyways. Ching! Is the rest of the UK similar??