A nine-year-old boy from Raphoe in Co Donegal has issued an appeal to people to stay in, stay safe and save lives.

Jack Beattie, who is an honorary garda sergeant, made his request through the Little Blue Heroes Foundation before Donegal enters Level 4 coronavirus restrictions tonight.

It is the second video appeal he has made this year.

Jack knows how important health is because he has to deal with osteogenesis imperfecta, also known as brittle bone disease.

He could not have a party for either his seventh or eighth birthdays because of surgeries and Covid-19 scuppered his plans to celebrate his ninth birthday last March.

Jack was given his garda uniform two years ago by his colleagues at Letterkenny station and his career has included trips to Garda Headquarters in the Phoenix Park in Dublin.

Travel restrictions have limited the scope for the activities of the Little Blue Heroes Foundation, a charity founded by garda staff to help families with children who are undergoing long-term medical treatment for illnesses.

Jack was happy to put on his garda uniform again today to add his voice to appeals for people to keep up social distancing.

His message to all of his friends - online and offline - is that by staying at home and staying safe they will continue to save lives.