Irish Government is expected to approve plans to send an Irish Naval ship to the waters off North Africa to enforce a UN arms embargo on Libya, the Irish Times said.

The Department of Defence declined to comment on the move except to say “no decision has been made for Ireland to deploy assets to Operation Irini”, according to the Irish Times.

As well as enforcing the UN arms embargo, the ship will be responsible for disrupting human trafficking and illegal exports of oil from Libya. Operation Irini is also responsible for training the Libyan Coast Guard to carry out these tasks.