PUBS in Ireland will be swinging their doors open in a week's time with the return of indoor dining now confirmed for July 26.
Tánaiaste Leo Varadkar stressed that while a number of issues still needed to be ironed out, indoor dining in Ireland's pubs, restaurants and cafés will open next Monday, without exception.
Despite the recent rise in Delta variant cases, Government is pushing ahead with its controversial reopening plan to only allow fully vaccinated individuals into indoor areas.
Vaccine certificates have been sent out around the country to those who have either received both jabs, or have recovered from Covid-19 in the last six months.
Though ministers are meeting with the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) on Wednesday to discuss reopening indoor dining areas for unvaccinated people too.
Speaking to reporters over the weekend, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said that "serious consideration" would be given to a more broad reopening plan.
"We're going to five this very serious consideration. We'll be considering these issues again on Wednesday, in the sense of formally deciding on issue," he said.
"But as things stand, travel will commence on Monday in terms of our joining the European Union framework and indoor dining for the vaccinated.
"But I do think we're in a different state of the pandemic compared to six months ago, compared to this time last year. And that will then have to inform how we approach it."