Sean Defoe
Sean Defoe

15.36 28 May 2021


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The Cabinet has approved a plan for a further easing of coronavirus restrictions through June, July and August.

Under the plan, hotels will re-open from June 2nd, while outdoor dining will recommence on June 7th.

International travel can resume from July 19th, while crowds up to 5,000 can attend live events from August 2nd.

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Meanwhile the green light has been given for a number of live events to be trialed in June.

An Taoiseach Micheál Martin will address the nation with the details of the plan later this evening.

While Health Minister Stephen Donnelly earlier said potential vaccine delays will not derail the re-opening plans.

On Thursday it was confirmed there will be a "significant" shortfall in the number of one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccines delivered in June.

This means it is unclear whether the Government will be able to meet its target of offering at least one dose of a vaccine to 80% of adults by the end of next month.

But Minister Donnelly said that is not going to delay the reopening plans.

He said: "NPHET's advice last night to us was certainly on the basis of where we're at with the vaccine programme.

"Remember, in terms of what may or may not happen with Janssen or AstraZeneca right now... the companies haven't been able to provide certainty. So we still may get large volumes in."

Transport Minister Eamon Ryan earlier confirmed international flights and foreign travel were "coming back" soon.

However he would not commit to an exact date.

He told Newstalk Breakfast: "We want everything back - we want people coming here, and we want people to meet.

"It's in the sort of timeframes that are being reported. Flights are coming back. Travel is coming back."

Additional reporting: Jack Quann


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