Áras an Uachtaráin has confirmed that President Michael D Higgins has a new "puppy in training".

The President lost one of his dogs, Síoda, in September last year.

'Misneach' means courage (Pic: Extra.ie)

The latest addition has been named 'Misneach', which means 'courage'.

President Higgins chose the name to "reflect the time we are in".

The five-month-old puppy Bernese Mountain puppy joins Bród, who is also a Bernese Mountain Dog.

The new addition is just five months old (Pic: Extra.ie)

Reporting by Karin Carthy and Dimitri O'Donnell