Taoiseach Micheál Martin has told his party colleagues that a major review of the laws around the control of dogs is under way.

The Fianna Fáil Parliamentary Party meeting heard tonight that several Government Departments will work together on this issue.

It will include examining current legislation, enforcement and policy, and the review will be led by Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue.

Mr Martin said the attack by a dog on a nine-year-old boy in Wexford in recent days was "shocking", adding "our thoughts are with the child and his family".

The Taoiseach had earlier told the Dáil there was a need to re-examine legislation around the ownership of dangerous breeds of dogs.

"I do think we need to go back to the drawing board. It needs to be seriously examined."

He was responding to Fine Gael TD Alan Dillon, who said that when the child "was savagely attacked by a pitbull dog," he sustained "horrific injuries", in an incident which "horrified" and "terrified" people.

"There has been a significant rise in the number of dog attacks on humans", he said, with over 1,700 attacks from 2016 to 2021.