A record number of organ transplants were carried out in Ireland in 2017.

According to new figures from the Department of Health, 308 transplants were carried out in Irish hospitals in 2017, 28 more than last year. 

Statistics for this year show there were: 190 kidney, 61 liver, five pancreas, 36 lung, and 16 heart transplants.

There was a new high in organ donations, 149, compared with 127 in 2016.

In a statement, Minister for Health Simon Harris also announced the publication of a report on the public consultation for a proposed Human Tissue Bill.

It shows that a large majority of respondents agreed with a proposed opt-out system for organ donation.