The government is considering mandatory vaccines for children.
The Health Minister has written to the Attorney General this week seeking legal advice.
It comes due to a rise in the anti-vax movement.
New figures from UNICEF show the number of measles cases in Ireland jumped by more than 200% in the space of a year.
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The rise is being blamed on misinformation and scaremongering on social media.
Health Minister Simon Harris says the government's considering mandatory vaccinations in order to protect children:
There is something irresponsible and against the public good sending an unvaccinated child into into a school, creche or public place where they could make other children sick.
The government will be looking at how other countries deal with the issue of unvaccinated children attending school.