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Ireland’s healthcare system has twice been targeted in cyber-crime attacks, it has been confirmed.

The Department of Health said it shut down its IT systems after a ransomware attack on Thursday.

A similar attack on the Health Service Executive (HSE) on Friday caused “substantial” cancellations to outpatient services.

The same cyber-crime group is believed to be behind both incidents, RTÉ has reported.

It is not believed to be espionage.

Ireland’s health department said it was still assessing the impact on its systems, according to RTÉ.