The Irish Kidney Association has expressed concern about the living donor programme in Ireland.

The association claims that Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, the only kidney transplant unit in the country, has effectively stopped accepting new patients for living donor transplants.

However, in a statement the hospital said the programme is continuing.

A spokesperson for the hospital said the living donor programme is growing and due to demands on the service, waiting times have increased to over one year.

It added that it hopes to carry out 50 living organ donor transplants this year.