The Dáil has stopped work briefly to applaud all the country's healthcare workers.
A reduced number of TDs are sitting in the Dáil chamber to debate and approve a range of emergency measures in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
They are due to sit until around 10.00pm in a bid to get the necessary legislation passed.
However, they briefly paused the debate to applaud the frontline workers leading Ireland's response to the outbreak.
They were led by Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl, who asked them to stand.
Paused in the #Dáil this evening to applaud all the Nurses, Doctors, GPs, Ambulance crews, Carers and Support Staff working on the frontline👩⚕️ 🚑 #COVID_19 Thank you for all your hard work 🙏 @HSELive @roinnslainte pic.twitter.com/BC60PxOmrF
— Josepha Madigan ⚖️✨ (@josephamadigan) March 26, 2020
There were similar scenes around the country.
— Iarnród Éireann Brockovich 🏳️⚧️ (@yascaoimhin) March 26, 2020
Here is appreciation to all our emergency service colleagues & our own paramedics as they deal with #Covid19Ireland#clapforourcarers #CoronaVirusIreland pic.twitter.com/TxxbRHFSVK
— Dublin Fire Brigade (@DubFireBrigade) March 26, 2020
People at their best. https://t.co/unEviSqz77
— Jennifer Carroll MacNeill TD (@CarrollJennifer) March 26, 2020
Thank you #clapforourcarers #HSE #HealthcareHeroes from the bottom of all our hearts ❤️and Daisy’s heart 🐶❤️ pic.twitter.com/aFb350FXhL
— cathy belton (@CathyBelton) March 26, 2020
Dublin Airport staff saluting our healthcare workers. #clapforourcarers pic.twitter.com/HxAZrg43kx
— Dublin Airport (@DublinAirport) March 26, 2020
Workers at the Department of Health in Dublin also joined in.
Department of health officials join in applauding our frontline heroes #Covid19 #CoronavirusIreland pic.twitter.com/eSPoRh319C
— NewstalkFM (@NewstalkFM) March 26, 2020
Speaking in the Dáil chamber earlier, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said healthcare workers should all be provided with enough personal protective equipment (PPE).
He said: "There is significant evidence of health staff lacking the personal protection equipment required to protect them from the virus.
"I've heard from doctors and nurses who've actually used their own money to purchase protection in hardware stores."
Health Minister Simon Harris said on Wednesday that a large amount of PPE is currently being prepared in China to be flown to Ireland.
The first batch of equipment is expected to arrive here by the end of the week.
Minister Harris thanked Irish airline crews who are working to deliver it back to Ireland as soon as possible.
Additional reporting: Jack Quann