Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins has called on the Government to put a repatriation plan in place for Irish people stuck overseas during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Speaking on RTÉ's Drivetime, Mr Collins said Irish people overseas in places like Australia are beginning to get worried as many no longer have jobs and they are running out of money.

The Limerick politician called on the Government to "partner up" with Aer Lingus or another airline to put in place a number of repatriation flights for Irish citizens.

Mr Collins said that we do not know how long the pandemic is going to go on for and the plan needs to materialise and start taking shape in the next number of days.

He said that he had raised the issue with Tánaiste Simon Coveney and also with his own party leader Mícheál Martin.

One Irish person in Sydney, Jack Donovan from Galbally in Limerick, told the programme that when he went to the airport today, desks were shut and flights were cancelled.

Mr Donovan said people were crying in the airport as they look to get home.

He said that he was in Australia on holiday but now cannot get home due to the closure of airspace in parts of Asia, creating issues for fight stopovers.

On Sunday, RTE News reported that Irish tourists and backpackers trapped in Peru since the outbreak of Covid-19 have been asking for the Irish Government to do more to help them get home.

It was reported that at least 30 Irish people are unable to leave the country and the Peru government-imposed curfew has left many travellers fearful that they will not be able to get out in the foreseeable future.