Dr Cillian de Gascun, Director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory
Tests reportedly show a case of the Omicron coronavirus variant has been confirmed in Ireland.
The tests were conducted at the National Virus Reference Laboratory.
Dr Cillian de Gascun told a technical briefing of the National Public Health Emergency Team that 14 samples were analysed over the weekend.
Eight of the samples underwent whole genome sequencing and one of those eight was confirmed as having the Omicron variant on Tuesday.
Dr De Gascun said it is a travel associated case to one of designated countries, which have confirmed cases of Omicron.