Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said the State is following the model enforced by South Korea in tackling the coronavirus.
He is not alone - French President Emmanuel Macron also wants to find out more about how South Korea brought the virus spread under control, at least for now.
There are lessons to be learned for this country. But the problem both leaders face is whether Ireland or France could mirror the level of rigour shown in South Korea.
On Monday, South Korea had 76 new cases. Ireland had 219. The key driver in the South Korean strategy is to implement what is the most wide-ranging and highly organised testing programme in the world.
Schools were closed but it has not put the country in lockdown. It is relentless in isolating infected people and tracking their contacts. As far back as January, before infections rose, one of its biotech firms developed detection kits which are now being sold to other countries.
It produces 100,000 kits per day. Patients sent for testing in Ireland have faced delays of up to 10 days due to problems including stocks of test kits running low. It has created a huge backlog and led to fears people waiting for a result may not self-isolate.
Time is also lost in tracing contacts if the person turns out positive.
In South Korea, health officials can track a person's activities through use of security camera footage, credit card records and mobile phones.
But more than 40,000 swab kits were shipped here last week, over 40 testing centres opened this week, and the HSE has promised to scale up the whole process.
Unlike Ireland, South Korea tests people who have no symptoms. This has not been adopted here and the concentration is mostly on people who report symptoms of the virus.
South Korea has drive-through testing centres across the country. A central tracking app has been established, Corona 100m, that publicly informs people of known cases of the virus which are within 100 metres of their location.
One snapshot of South Korea's success is that on February 29 it recorded 909 new cases in just one day.
But less than a week later, the number of new cases halved. Within four days, it halved again. The same drop was seen the next day.
There are regular alerts at train and bus stations and on mobile phones reminding people to keep a two-metre distance.
And while Ireland frantically tries to gear up hospitals for the influx of infected patients, South Korea has the reassurance it has double the OECD average of hospital beds.
If there is one message to emerge for us here, it is the importance of having a highly efficient testing system in the battle against the virus.
Along with the onerous new restrictions on our liberties and businesses, it is worth reinforcing as we aim to flatten the curve.