The number of Irish people deported from the United States has almost doubled over the past two years.

According to the latest figures from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), 47 Irish people were removed from the US last year.

The figures are for the fiscal year of 2018, which ended in September.

ICE said they were removed due to immigration violations.

Statistics show that 34 Irish citizens were deported in 2017, which is up from 26 the year before.

As US President Donald Trump pushes for tougher immigration policies, ICE said it saw a "significant" increase in removals.

Overall, more than 256,000 people were deported from the United States last year, an increase of about 13% since 2017.