Leo Varadkar has said the current wave of Covid-19 in Ireland could peak at between 3,000 and 4,000 cases per day.
Varadkar said the vaccination programme is effective, noting that the mortality rate of this wave is a tenth of that during the Alpha wave.
The Fine Gael leader said hospitalisation growth is difficult to tell at the moment, but the figures could rise to 400 or 500, with patients in ICU potentially rising to 50.
Varadkar said these figures will be manageable.
Meanwhile, in Northern Ireland there has been a further 1,973 cases of Covid-19 reported.
Two more people diagnosed with the virus have also died.