The Taoiseach says he was only made aware last night that the HSE is asking some people to carry out their own contact tracing.
Micheál Martin added the system had been reconfigured to allow contact tracing to take place within 24 hours for 1,500 daily positive cases.
Thousands of positive cases from last weekend are to be asked by the health service to inform their close contacts, due to pressure on the system.
Micheál Martin says he had no prior knowledge of the situation and added that an addition 220 people will be hired by contact tracing teams by the end of next week.
A prominent Clare GP remains hopeful that there won’t be recurrent problems in the contact tracing system.
However, Dr Michael Kelleher is expressing concern that people who are COVID positive may not be self isolating on account of the issue, as they’re unaware they’ve been a close contact and may have contracted the virus.
The Lahinch GP, who’s a member of the IMO’s GP Committee, has been telling Clare FM’s Fiona Cahill that the issue has been addressed and will continue to be.