Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney is calling in the Iranian ambassador to Ireland following recent events in Iran and Ukraine.

He told Fine Gael's parliamentary party tonight that there is strong evidence the drones used this week against Kyiv's citizens are from Iran.

The minister said he had already spoken to Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian regarding drones sourced by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Mr Coveney also said what is happening to Iranian women is unacceptable.

Meanwhile, Minister for Justice Helen McEntee referenced last night's Prime Time programme and said construction work is ongoing on a fully operating garda station on Dublin's O'Connell Street.

She told her colleagues that 20 gardaí are on foot/mounted bike patrol with 24 more in 12 mobile patrols in O'Connell Street and the inner city on a daily basis.

A further eight officers patrol the quays and boardwalks full time every evening and night while in excess of 100 officers are patrolling the city centre every weekend evening.

They are further supplemented by beat and armed patrols and public order units.

Landlord assistance

Several contributors at the meeting sought additional measures to assist landlords to be included in the Finance Act.

They expressed concern that small landlords would otherwise continue to exit the housing market which will exacerbate the rental crisis.

However, the Finance Act is due to be published tomorrow.

RTÉ News reported on Monday, however, that the Government is considering introducing additional measures at some point in the future.

In Budget 2023, the Government increased deductible pre-letting expenses to €10,000, but landlords had called for further tax changes.