Cllr Tony McCormack has welcomed news that Tullamore's twin city in China is to donate 30,000 masks to the Midland Regional Hospital in Tullamore.
The Tullamore-based councillor said: "Following representations I made, contact was made with Luzhou, our twin city in China and the city government has kindly donated 30,000 face masks to the Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore in our fight against Covid-19.
"Thank you to our new friends and I look forward to further strengthening our relationship when we finally beat this virus," he added.
The news comes as hospital and residential care staff across Ireland call out for PPE amid a widespread shortage. A number of Aer Lingus flights have already travelled to China to pick up PPE purchased by the government.
20% of that stock was deemed unsuitable for the Irish medical system by the HSE.