The Department of Foreign Affairs is warning Irish people not to travel to any of the regions of Italy that have been placed under isolation.
Overnight, the Italian Government imposed a lock-down in the north of the country in a bid to limit the spread of coronavirus.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte signed a decree banning people from entering or leaving the Lombardy region and 14 provinces in four other regions.
A leading cancer doctor has warned he does not have faith in the ability of Ireland’s health service to cope with a sudden surge of COVID-19 patients.
It comes as worst-case predictions suggest as many as 1.9 million people could eventually become infected with the coronavirus.
Referencing ongoing modelling being carried out by the National Public Health Emergency Team, The Business Post reports that in a worst-case scenario, 40% of the population may come down with the virus - many of them within a three-week burst.
Six Royal Air Force jets were scrambled to intercept Russian Aircraft heading for the north-west of Ireland.
The British Ministry of Defence said they were tracked heading for the northwest of Scotland.
An RAF spokesperson said it was a “routine response” coordinated with several other NATO allies.
Two Irishmen have been charged with conspiracy to facilitate illegal immigration in the UK.
It comes after 10 people were found in a truck near Ghent in Belgium on Thursday.
The UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) said there were eight youths and two adults in the truck.
Police in the US believe an Irishwoman killed three members of her own family before taking her own life.
It comes after investigators found four bodies at a house in Reno, Nevada on Wednesday morning.
Police have since identified the dead as 53-year-old Joan Huber, her husband Adam Huber, 50 and their two teenage sons, 16-year-old Michael and 17-year-old Adam.