Ireland ‘going in the right direction’ to begin re-opening next week – Varadkar

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has indicated that the country remains on track to begin phase one of the government’s roadmap for lifting Covid-19 restrictions next week.

Speaking to Dermot and Dave on TodayFM, Varadkar said that a limited easing of restrictions would begin on Monday if Ireland’s management of Covid-19 continued, although he did not specify what improvements had been made.

“If things continue to go in the right direction they have been for the last couple of days, Cabinet on Friday will give the green light for things to change on Monday,” he said.

Senior politicians and the Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan have said they are hopeful that conditions will be right to allow this to happen, but it is not guaranteed.