Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath has said that the issue of Irish citizens returning home for Christmas has not yet been considered by cabinet.
Minister McGrath said, however, that current restrictions have been put in place to allow for “the best possible chance of having a decent December and a decent Christmas”.
Speaking to RTÉ News, he said that the situation will be reassessed before the current Level 5 restrictions that are in place over the next five weeks until December 1 are lifted.
“One of the reasons why we are at such a significant level of restrictions is to give us all the best possible chance of having a decent December and a decent Christmas.
“We hope to get to that point and I think some progress has been made, there are some encouraging signs in relation to the virus numbers and hospitalisation and critical care but there is absolutely no room for complacency and when you do see what’s happening in other European countries, we really don’t want to go there.
“That’s why we are asking people to make these sacrifices, it is ultimately in all of our interests at the end of the day,” he said.