Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, who is also the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, is in Berlin today for an informal meeting of EU trade ministers.

The event, organised by the German Presidency of the EU, is due to discuss the future trading relationship between the UK and Ireland, and cross government co-operation on Covid-19.  

A departmental spokesperson said that arrangements for this trip were in full compliance with public health guidelines.

Earlier today, Transport Minister and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan told RTÉ's This Week that people in Dublin should stay in Dublin and not leave the county or country, even if the country is designated as on the Green List.

However, the departmental spokesperson said the German hosts of today's meeting had asked ministers to attend in person if possible - and Irish public health guidelines permit travel for work.

In the recent past, Irish ministers, including the Taoiseach, have attended EU meetings in line with health protocols.

Germany will be on the Irish Green List from midnight tonight.