Increased security protection measures, including garda bodyguards and specialised vehicles, are expected to be provided to all Cabinet ministers following a garda security review.

The Taoiseach, Tánaiste, Justice and Foreign Ministers already have such measures.

However it is understood that is now to be expanded to the full Cabinet due to rising safety concerns, such as protests outside ministers' homes.

It is believed three ministers have already had their security increased since the beginning of this month: Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath; Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly; and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe.

According to today's Irish Mail on Sunday, an additional 40 gardaí will be required to fulfill the commitment.

Speaking at Dublin Castle today, Minister for Justice Helen McEntee confirmed that An Garda Síochána had submitted a report to her office regarding safety measures for politicians.

However, she added that the report had yet to be brought to Cabinet and, accordingly, she could not comment any further.