Ireland has become the 25th country to launch Google's Street View service.

Street View Ireland is available here.

The Minister for Tourism today said she hoped the service could help attract more visitors to the country.

Google's camera vehicles have been collecting imagery from some 51,000 miles of road for the last two years.

Users will be able to virtually explore the country - visiting popular tourist attractions or finding their way around a city - from their own homes.

The programme contains imagery that is already visible from public roads and photographs are taken at a point in time and are not live images.

The Government has high hopes for the service and anticipates that it could help attract some 8m visitors to the country.

Launching Street View in Ireland, Minister for Tourism Mary Hanafin said: 'Street View is an example of a practical innovation which makes life easier for people using the Internet to locate and research Ireland’s cities, towns and streets.

'Its applications are many but one of the real benefits for Ireland is from a tourism perspective.

'Street View will showcase the real beauty of Ireland’s towns and countryside to millions of internet users around the world and has the potential to deliver a welcome boost to visitor numbers to Ireland.

'With many benefits for businesses, property sellers and the general public the introduction of Street View for Ireland is welcome news.'

Members of the public seeking to have their home removed from Street View should go to, identify their house on Street View and then click 'report a problem'.