A Wexford TD has paid tribute to the heroism of frontline workers on National Services Day.
Since 2018, the annual day of honour has been marked on the first Saturday of September.
Parades, wreath-laying events and commemoration ceremonies are to take place across the country throughout the day.
Services in the South East are taking part today, including the South East Mountain Rescue Association and Garda Divisions across the region.
The Minister for Justice, says the demands placed on emergency service workers have never been greater as the country goes through a pandemic.
Minister of State for the Department of Justice and Wexford TD James Browne says members of frontline services put their lives at risk on a daily basis:
"An Garda Siochana, our prison service, our paramedics and healthcare services and even a lot of others working in local authorities, they had to keep working and even our supermarkets - they had to keep working right through Covid, they kept our country going. And even our Gardaí and fire services risk going to work every day with a possibility they might not come home."