Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has announced that 25 additional Irish citizens have been evacuated from Afghanistan.

The 15 citizens and ten dependants arrived in Qatar late last night on a specially organised flight.

Minister Coveney said: "This is a huge relief and testament to the ability of our consular team in Dublin and the region who have worked tirelessly through diplomatic channels to access last night’s flight."

The 25 people have been met by a consular team in Doha who will assess their needs before they travel on to Ireland.

Previously, 63 citizens or dependants were safely evacuated from Afghanistan and last night's mission brings the total number to 88.

Mr Coveney added: "We remain aware and in contact with other citizens who still want to leave Afghanistan and our work with key partners will continue to achieve this.

"Ireland is also committed to its international obligations to help vulnerable Afghan refugees and groups of people in that category continue to arrive or be in transit."