The Irish government has said it will, if necessary, cover the cost of European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) for citizens in NI after Brexit.

Tanaiste (Irish deputy PM) Simon Coveney made the remark in the Dail (Irish Parliament) on Tuesday.

The EHIC currently entitles UK citizens to state-provided medical treatment if they fall ill or have an accident in EU or EFTA-member countries.

If the UK leaves with no deal, EHICs issued in the UK will not be valid.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar previously said he wanted it to be retained post-Brexit for people in Northern Ireland. The UK is trying to reach agreements with EU governments to extend the reciprocal health care arrangements.

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