The Government has said that Ireland would take an additional 600 migrants to ease the migration crisis in the Mediterranean.

It is understood Syrian and Eritrean migrants will be welcomed over the next two years after the Cabinet signed off on a deal in principal this week. 

A meeting of European Justice Ministers is expected to confirm the move on Monday.

The Irish Navy has already sent two vessels to help rescue migrants in the Mediterranean Sea. 

The LÉ Eithne returned to Ireland yesterday after completing a humanitarian mission in the Mediterranean.

The naval vessel was responsible for saving the lives of 3,400 migrants during its nine week deployment.

The LÉ Niamh and its crew of 57 personnel will remain in the Mediterranean until September.