Minister Catherine Martin says indoor dining could be "on the horizon" 2 weeks ago

Minister Catherine Martin says indoor dining could be "on the horizon"

She said holidays abroad may also be possible if Covid-19 cases continue to improve.

Minister for Tourism Catherine Martin has said that indoor dining could be "on the horizon" for Ireland very soon.


The Minister for Tourism was speaking at this week’s Oireachtas tourism committee in Leinster House when she said that the reopening of the Irish economy might not be as far away as had been expected.

"While we are guided at all times by the health advice, we do look forward to returning to in-person cultural and sporting events and being able to visit galleries and museums and libraries," she said.

“The prospect of being able to eat in a restaurant or a café, or go on holidays within Ireland is on the horizon, if the epidemiological situation continues to improve.

“And we are looking forward to a time when we can welcome international visitors back to our shores.”

Martin isn't the only Minister to offer a hopeful update on the reopening of the hospitality sector as last week Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said he was "increasingly confident" that indoor dining and pubs will be able to reopen by July.

Speaking at a press conference outside Government Buildings on Thursday, Varadkar said that although outdoor dining is evidently safer, he "hopes to get to the point where both would be possible."

He said a phased reopening of the economy will begin in May and the government will have a plan at the end of the month to outline the easing of restrictions throughout the summer.