Gardaí have launched an investigation after District Court sittings in Co Kerry were cancelled for a number of days after a member of the force who had Covid-19 attended court in Tralee.

It is understood the garda in question received word that he had tested positive for the virus during a brief interval at the weekly District Court in Tralee.

He then informed court authorities and left the building.

The court sitting was then immediately adjourned.

In a statement, An Garda Síochána said they would carry out an investigation "into all the circumstances leading to this event to determine what if any further action may be required".

It continued: "All members of An Garda Síochána are expected to fully comply with HSE guidelines.

"HSE guidelines, supported by internal An Garda Síochána Chief Medical Officer guidance, have been circulated to all staff members of An Garda Síochána on a number of occasions."