If Irish eyes are smiling on contactless payments at McDonald's restaurants next year, it will mean the fast-food restaurant chain has added more tap-and-go acceptance at its payment terminals worldwide.

McDonald's Ireland is working with Visa Europe for the anticipated roll out of contactless payments in its 83 restaurants across the country, the companies reported last week.

Starting this week, customers with contactless-enabled Visa credit and debit cards will be able to pay for transactions of 15 euros ($19.78 U.S.) or fewer in all McDonald's Ireland restaurants by simply touching their card to the terminal, without the need to enter their PIN.

The use of contactless technology is not new to McDonald's, which currently offers contactless payments in many areas of the United States, Canada, Japan, and UK.

"We are constantly striving to improve our customers' restaurant experience and we see the introduction of the new contactless payment system as a natural step forward for our 83 restaurants around the country," said Aidan Crean, managing director for McDonald's Ireland, in a press release.