Arrangements are being made for temporary mortuary facilities in anticipation of a surge in cases of COVID-19.
To date there have been nine deaths in Ireland as a result of the virus, while the confirmed number of cases has passed 1,500.
Senior official Elizabeth Canavan says they're putting the necessary infrastructure in place to deal with the surge, when it comes.
She said: "As part of this work, we're preparing for the wider consequences of the surge - including the deeply sensitive issue of temporary mortuary facilities."
A group of senior officials from across Government and relevant agencies are working together to arrange for the temporary mortuary facilities.
The public is assured the group will be as compassionate as possible in their decision making.
Ms Canavan said their decisions will be guided by "the need for compassion and care for families who will be affected".