Arms may be granted, at the discretion of the Chief Herald of Ireland, and subject to guidelines laid down from time to time by the Committee on Genealogy and Heraldry and the Board of the National Library of Ireland. Subject to those guidelines, arms may be granted as aforesaid to:
A citizen of Ireland or a person who has an entitlement to become a citizen;
A person resident in the State for at least the five-year period immediately before the date of the application;
A public or local authority, corporate body or other entity which has been located or functioning in Ireland for at least five years;
An individual, corporate body or other entity not resident or located in Ireland but who or which has substantial historical, cultural, educational, financial or ancestral connections with Ireland.
Arms granted by other heraldic authorities to persons who are also eligible for Irish grants of arms may, on application to the Office of the Chief Herald, be confirmed by the Chief Herald.