More than €3 million has been raised for the Irish Red Cross to fund its work in Ukraine.

The money was donated following an appeal on RTÉ's Late Late Show last night.

On the programme, Taoiseach Micheál Martin announced the establishment of a register for people to pledge support for Ukrainian refugees arriving into Ireland.

Mr Martin said that Minister for Equality and Integration Roderic O'Gorman was working with the Irish Red Cross to establish a database to help Ukrainians find accommodation and other offer information regarding skills or training.

He added that this needs to be done carefully to ensure the protection of families and children.

The Taoiseach said this is the "biggest displacement of people since World War II on the European continent".

The Secretary Generals of all Government departments are meeting once a week to "scenario plan for something we've never experienced before in scale or volume," the Taoiseach said.

Mr Martin said that "everything is being looked at" and that this is uncharted territory.

He said in this immediate phase, the most practical way to help is cash donations.

He said the Government has donated €10m last week and €10m this week.

The Taoiseach said that he believes that Ukraine's application to join the European Union should be fast tracked. He said that the process is "too slow" and has been a strategic mistake.

Putin an 'evil man' - Martin

Mr Martin described Russia's Vladimir Putin as an "evil man".

He said that Mr Putin "wants to end democracy" because he is afraid of democracy.

The Taoiseach described the Russian invasion of Ukraine as a "barbaric, brutal attack on the Ukrainian people".

He condemned what he described as an immoral, illegal and unprovoked attack on the people of Ukraine.

Mr Martin said he "salutes the bravery and courage" that he has witnessed in the last week.

He described the Russian president as having a "warped historical view" and said he "ignores the impact of his actions" on his own people.

"He's an evil man as far as I'm concerned. Dangerous and doing untold damage people in the first instance, and to the people of Ukraine and changing fundamentally the multilateral rules based order that we all adhere to and cherish so much," he said.

Speaking about the Ukrainian president, he said he had "incredible admiration" for Volodymyr Zelensky.

The Taoiseach said the president personified Ukrainian "nationhood", resilience, defiance, and dignity.

"He stayed with his people and you've got to admire that," Mr Martin said.