The government says a 'very limited' repatriation service will continue over the next week for Irish residents stranded in Britain.

It follows the decision to extend the current travel ban until December 31st, after a new strain of Covid-19 was discovered in south-east England.

Last night more than 350 Irish residents were able to return from Britain on flights and ferries.

Two specially chartered flights were organised by the Department of Foreign Affairs.

170 were on board an Aer Lingus flight and 65 on Ryanair.

118 people were also accommodated on ferries.

In a statement, the Department said a very limited service will also continue during the current travel restrictions to help other Irish residents who need to get back to the country.

A spokesperson said the service is not available for citizens normally resident, studying or working in Britain.

They said it will be available for essential travel only and must be arranged through the Department.