McDonald's has closed its dine-in and walk-in takeaway services at its Irish outlets.

It said the temporary measure has been put in place so that it can review its safety procedures and it described the move as a "temporary change".  

It means that delivery and drive-thru operations will continue but customers will not be able to walk into restaurants to order or eat food. 

In a statement, McDonald's said the closure of walk in and dine in services would allow it to "test and validate any additional measures that may further enhance the safety of our takeaway services".

The chain is one of the largest purchasers of Irish beef and it spends €163m alone on beef for export to its restaurants in the UK and Europe. 

Its 95 restaurants contribute close to €200m to the Irish economy, according to the company.