TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has re-registered as a doctor and has offered to help out in medical efforts to fight coronavirus.
During his medical career Mr Varadkar worked in hospitals and also qualified as a GP.
A spokesperson confirmed that he rejoined the Medical Register last month.
"He has offered his services to the HSE for one session a week in areas that are within his scope of practice," a spokesperson said.
They added: "Many of his family and friends are working in the health service. He wanted to help out even in a small way."
Both of Mr Varadkar's sisters work as health care professionals and the Taoiseach's partner Matt Barrett is a cardiologist.
The spokesperson did not offer details of what work Mr Varadkar will do or whether it will be in a hospital or in one of the planned Community Assessment Hubs.
The health authorities are set to unveil a range of new measures to tackle the Covid-19 crisis as latest figures revealed another significant rise in the numbers who have contracted the coronavirus and lost their lives.