Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has advised Irish fans travelling to the Euro 2016 football championships in France this summer to exercise a high degree of caution.

Speaking on RTÉ's Marian Finucane programme, Mr Flanagan said it is a very exciting time for Irish sport but, given the current security situation in France, fans at Euro 2016 should be particularly careful.

Mr Flanagan did not advise people against travelling to Euro 2016, but suggested Irish fans going should carry photo ID at all times and to be prepared for numerous security checks and long queues as "security will be of a level we haven't seen before".

He said the Government has been working "very closely" with French authorities in relation to Euro 2016 and Ireland will be sending eight uniformed gardaí to France to liaise with officials throughout the competition.

Mr Flanagan added the Irish Embassy in Paris is arranging to have pop-up offices in cities where Ireland will be playing matches.

Mr Flanagan said he is expecting over 75,000 Irish fans to travel to France, with a further 15,000 Northern Irish fans expected, many of whom will be travelling on an Irish passport.

The Minister said travelling Irish fans should get the new passport card, of which 17,000 have been issued since its launch last year.

The passport card, which can be applied for and received within five days, allows entry to France and has the same legal authority as the passport booklet.