If the rules are similar in Eire as they may be to the UK I know that in the UK you can have a degree evaluated for the equivalent if obtained overseas. This is done by contacting one of the Boards of Education. I believe there are three in the UK. Oxford, Cambridge, and Joint Matriculation Board (at least there used to be). These bodies evaluate your existing qualifications and would declare its value when compared to similar obtained locally. Depending on the ranking of the university you may have to do some additional course work to get a local degree. If they accept your qualifications in full you will qualify to go for a PhD
As for counseling in the UK, the arena is not the same as the USA or Canada for that matter. I can say that most people in the UK due to social medicine do not pay for health or at least pay a very minimum amount.For that reason private Doctors etc including therapists do not earn lots of cash as it is in the USA.Most doctors are employed by the government and are occupied in the State run hospitals etc. Even most doctors in the areas are governed and paid by National Health.
As National Health has priorities, last I remember mental health was not on that list. Consequently most therapies that I was aware back in 1999/2000 were even conducted in the local hospitals as an out patient.
All in all not a good idea to go if you are planning to make a living out of that. My trupence