Amazon has finally lifted its restriction of electronics goods including various other goods to the Republic of Ireland as of last week. Up until now, Irish consumers have only been allowed to buy a limited selection of products from Amazon's UK website, which included books, CDs, DVDs and games. The restriction still applies on mobile phones, lightbulbs, MP3 downloads and items weighing over 30kg.
Amazon originally put the restriction in place back in 2006 over a row of of the WEEE directive introduced at the time. To comply with the directive, it will take back items on a like for like basis free of charge at one of four recycling centres in Dublin, Cork, Galyway and Kilkenny. Further info can be read in this source story.
Even though Amazon had this restriction in place for a few years, it did not affect its resellers that deliver to Ireland or Europe. I noticed this when I was trying to get a lens for my Nikon DSLR camera and a good pair of noise cancelling headphones. Both were significantly cheaper on Amazon than all the Irish online stores I checked at the time. Sure enough, Amazon refused to let me select Ireland as the country for the delivery address, but when I chose to purchase the products from its resellers with similar product prices that had Europe as a delivery option, the order went through successfully and I received the products a few days later.