The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says he hopes to be able to announce the lifting of some of the COVID-19 restrictions by May 5th.
He says a plan is being prepared that will set out step-by-step how the economy and society will re-open.
He told RTÉ the aim is to focus on areas with the most benefit to society but the least risk.
The HSE and Irish Wheelchair Association have joined forces to bring a community-based testing service for COVID-19 to vulnerable adults.
This will use the Irish Wheelchair Association’s fleet of buses.
The service will transport COVID-19 testing personnel to vulnerable people who are unable to attend test centres, including people with disabilities and older people.
The Education Minister Joe McHugh has told students the aim is for the Leaving Certificate to start on Wednesday, July 29th.
The exams have been pushed back from its usual date of early June due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Minister McHugh says he hopes to confirm the date in the next couple of weeks but gave students and indication while answering their concerns.
A man has been arrested after a woman was found dead in south Belfast this morning.
The 39-year-old's body was discovered in a flat in Haywood Avenue at 1.45am, after police were called to the property.
The PSNI is treating her death as suspicious and a post-mortem examination is taking place.
The Department of Justice spent almost €1m on flights to deport foreign nationals last year.
According to Freedom of Information figures, 298 people were deported in 2019, up from 163 the year before.
The department says 75% of the cost of deportation flights can be recouped from an EU fund.