A Clare Government Senator wants to see the lifting of all Covid restrictions ‘well before’ the end of March.
It’s expected hospitality opening hours and crowd limits at events may be relaxed from next week.
NPHET meets on Thursday against a backdrop of falling Covid case numbers and calls for a fast reopening of society.
For just over a month, pubs and restaurants have had to close at 8pm – with indoor and outdoor events limited to 50 per cent capacity.
Tanaiste Leo Varadkar told the Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting last night that he believes nearly all legal restrictions should be removed by the end of March.
However, Clare’s Fianna Fail Senator is hopeful that timeline can be shortened.
Mountshanon-based Senator Timmy Dooley says the hospitality sector in particular needs a quick lifting of restrictions.
The Taoiseach says people can be optimistic about the easing of Covid restrictions over the coming weeks.
Speaking ahead of today’s cabinet meeting Micheal Martin says hospitals haven’t been overwhelmed by Omicron:
NPHET is meeting tomorrow to make recommendations which cabinet will consider on Friday, with an announcement possible before the weekend.