From top: Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris; Minister of State for International and Road Transport and Logistics Hildegarde Naughton; Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence Simon Coveney; Darragh O’Brien, Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage; Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Finance, and Taoiseach Micheál Martin
Dublin Castle, Dublin 2.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin and cabinet members leave a meeting where a ‘brief’ discussion on easing rona restrictions was held.
The Government decision on easing Covid-19 restrictions next week is now most likely to be taken on Friday.
A further cabinet meeting is expected to take place on Friday.
It will be preceded by a meeting of the National Public Health Emergency Team tomorrow and possibly a meeting of the Covid-19 Cabinet sub-committee on Thursday.
The key point that must be finalised is when restaurants and gastro pubs reopen and what guidelines might need to be issued to allow for indoor dining.
The prospect of pubs that do not serve food opening this year is said to be diminishing all the time.
Ministers must also decide on when exactly inter-country travel will be permitted in the days leading up to Christmas.