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In practice you need a passport flying to/from an Irish airport as an ID document because the Irish Government doesn't issue any lesser ID documents  (other than driving licences) and airlines such as Ryanair insist on them even if they are not technically, legally required between Ireland and the UK. Theoretically, you can be asked for your Irish passport to prove you are entitled to avail of the CTA (Common Travel Area) for which you don't need a passport! I suspect this requirement also prevents airports having to quarantine or separate passengers from UK as opposed to EU airports and simplifies passenger handling more generally. As you say, Irish sea ferries don't impose a similar requirement and there are no controls with N. Ireland and onward..

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