Leo Varadkar: Ireland will move to Phase 3 on Monday; international travel restrictions to ease in July 

Leo Varadkar: Ireland will move to Phase 3 on Monday; international travel restrictions to ease in July 

Mr Varadkar also acknowledged that a new Taoiseach may be in place by next week. 

The Taoiseach has confirmed that Ireland will move to Phase 3 of the roadmap for easing Covid-19 restrictions on Monday, which will mean the reopening of the majority of businesses and services.

"I am pleased to confirm that following the expert advice of NPHET and reports from Government Departments we will move to Phase 3 on Monday when almost all remaining businesses, amenities and workplaces can re-open," Leo Varadkar said after today's cabinet meeting

He also said that travel restrictions between this country and some other countries are to be eased from 9 July.

A "Green List" of countries is to be produced that people in Ireland can travel to and from.

If you are flying or arriving by boat from a "Green List" country you will not have to quarantine for two weeks.

Mr Varadkar said the list will be coordinated at an EU level and will be reviewed every two weeks. Where countries see a spike or second wave of infection, they may be removed from the list. 

"I offer once again my condolences to everyone who has lost loved ones during this emergency," he said. "In the months ahead, I hope we can have a National Day of Commemoration so we can mourn together as a nation and grieve for those we have lost.

"This has been a tough time for us all. We have come through it as a country. We must now try to repair the damage that has been done, across all parts of our lives, and show the same solidarity in doing so."

With a decision due tomorrow on whether the draft programme for Government will succeed, Mr Varadkar also acknowledged that a new Taoiseach may be in place by next week. 

"I have been Taoiseach now for three years and it has been the greatest honour of my life," he said. "I think I have learned more in the past three months than I have in a lifetime of politics.

"I have learned that hope is stronger than fear and that working together we can defeat any challenge. We are an extraordinary people when we are at our best.

"It is possible that this is my last press conference as your Taoiseach. If so, I want to end by saying Thank You to the men and women who kept our country protected, and guided us through this Emergency."





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