The first batch of personal protective equipment (PPE) from China has been delivered to Dublin.
Airbus A330-302 landed at Dublin Airport from China via an Aer Lingus shortly before 3pm this afternoon.
It is the first of ten flights which will arrive in Ireland with additional PPE which will help tackle the coronavirus crisis.
Between now and next Wednesday, €26m worth of PPE will be delivered, totalling 1.6m masks, 400,000 eye protections, 265,000 gowns and 254,000 gloves will be delivered.
The government is set to spend €225m on PPE this year, which is 15 times the amount spent on a normal year, €15m.
The PPE will be dispersed to frontline healthcare workers across the country in the coming days. It includes protective gloves, masks, eyewear and gowns.
In an interview with Virgin Media News, health minister Simon Harris said that he was "really pleased" that Ireland, through the HSE, had secured the equipment haul during the global shortage of supplies.
He said that the additional PPE supply, which is due to start arriving by the end of the week, is "probably what would normally do you for about 13 years."
Last Friday night, shortly after appearing on The Late Late Show to urge the public to row behind one last almighty push to contain the coronavirus, Dr Catherine Motherway said the surge had started.