The Molly Malone statue has a new temporary home in the capital. 

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe unveiled the newly cleaned and waxed statue outside the Dublin Tourist Office on Suffolk Street today.

It will remain there while the Luas Cross City project takes place.

Dozens of tourists and passersby gathered to see one of Dublin's favourite statues return to the streets.

Over the past two months repair works have been carried out on Molly Malone and her wheelbarrow of cockles and mussles at a cost of up to €50,000. 

Gráinne Mackin, of the Luas Cross City Project, said: "Since we took her off the street we've been inundated with people wanting to know when is she coming back, where is she coming back." 

The statue will return to the bottom of Grafton Street, just north of its original position, towards the end of 2017 when the Luas works are expected to be completed.