The first surgery performed with the help of a robot that surgeons have named Leona has been carried out at Tallaght University Hospital (TUH).
The medics received their new assistant last week, and it was quickly put to work to help operate on a patient who has now been discharged.
The Da Vinci Surgical System enables surgeons to perform complex, minimally-invasive procedures with precision and accuracy.
It will allow them to carry out such operations without even touching their patients, meaning smaller incisions, less pain, reduced blood loss and quicker recovery.
It was bought after a €2m investment by Tallaght University Hospital Foundation (TUHF).
The first procedure carried out using Leona last week was a radical prostatectomy performed by robotically-trained consultant urologist Arun Thomas.
TUH clinical director Professor Paul Ridgway said the robotic system was a "significant milestone in our continuous efforts to push the boundaries of the provision of healthcare to our patients".
"We are fortunate at TUH to have several robotically-trained surgeons and nurses on staff, so we were able to get Leona working almost immediately," he said.
"Leona's arrival is a major step forward in driving innovation at TUH and providing our patients with the latest technology to ensure the best outcomes from their surgery."
TUHF chief executive Douglas Collins said the new robotics system will bring the southwest Dublin facility in line with other hospitals internationally.
"TUH is now able to offer an alternative option to open surgery and perform complex, minimally invasive surgical procedures with precision and accuracy to over 200 patients annually," Mr Collins said.
He added that it would make a "significant difference to how TUH will deliver excellent patient care".
"We are thrilled to be in a position to invest €2m in this state-of-the-art medical technology that assures better patient outcomes and enhanced efficiency," he said.