Irish Short-Stay Visa Waiver Programme
The Irish Short-stay Visa Waiver Programme was announced by the Government as part of its Jobs Initiative with a view to promoting tourism from emerging markets. It commenced on 1 July 2011 and remains in force.
The Programme operates separately to- and alongside the British-Irish Visa Scheme (BIVS) for Chinese nationals: https://www.dfa.ie/irish-embassy/china/visas/british-irish-visa-scheme/
For further details: http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/inis/pages/irish+short+stay+visa+waiver+programme