19:14 Wednesday, 25 March 2020
The Department of Foreign Affairs says it is working around the clock to get Irish people home from a number of countries, including Australia.
One hundred and seventy Irish people have left Perth in Australia after efforts by the Irish embassy and consulates in the country to repatriate citizens.
They are on a Qantas flight headed for London and will arrive in Dublin tomorrow.
Tánaiste and Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has thanked all those who played their part in organising the flight.
I want to reassure every Irish person abroad trying to get home that we’re working on solutions with airlines & Govts to get u back safely. This is complex, challenging & takes time, but our teams at @dfatirl are fantastic & are working around the clock to help! #COVID19 https://t.co/nQgrhiNgaH
— Simon Coveney (@simoncoveney) March 25, 2020
Meanwhile, Alitalia has put on special flights between Dublin and Rome tomorrow to allow Irish citizens in Italy to return home, and Italian citizens living here to travel back.