The Cabinet will today consider legislation that will allow fully vaccinated people to dine indoors following days of talks between the hospitality sector and senior Government officials about the resumption of indoor hospitality.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin refused to give a date for when restaurants and bars will be allowed to serve customers indoors, saying only that a plan to facilitate reopening will be in place for July 19th.
“We will do it safely and we will be doing it on a phased basis,” he said.
Padraig Cribben, chief executive of the Vintners' Association, said the proposals were “not ideal” but the hospitality sector would have to live with it “to get some sort of summer”.
Digital Covid certificates
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said not everyone will receive their EU Digital Covid Certificate today.
The proof of vaccination will be issued to approximately 1.9 million people from today, ahead of the reopening of international travel on July 19th.
The certificate can be used to travel at ease through ports and airports across the European Union and is being issued to those who are fully vaccinated, have recently recovered from Covid-19, or who have a negative PCR test within 72 hours of travel.
However, Mr Varadkar said: “I wouldn't anticipate everyone will get their digital cert today, it might take a little bit longer than that.”
Ryanair has announced it will recruit 2,000 new pilots over the next three years.
The airline said it needs more crew to operate new Boeing 737 Max aircraft.
It refers to the plane as a “gamechanger” due to its savings on fuel costs, reduction on CO2 emissions and reduced noise.
Micheál Martin's future
Mr Martin's position as leader of Fianna Fáil is secure “for now”, despite discontent among a small number of his own TDs.
A draft motion of no confidence is in circulation among some TDs, according to the Irish Examiner.
The news comes following Fianna Fáil's disastrous showing in the recent Dublin Bay South byelection.
Sunny weather is on the way following a wet start to the week, Met Éireann has said.
Ireland can look forward to brighter, warmer weather in the coming days but torrential downpours which could cause localised flooding are due to strike today.
Met Éireann has issued a yellow warning for rain and thunderstorms lasting until 10pm, covering Leinster and counties Cavan, Monaghan and Tipperary.