Taoiseach warns that plan to reopen all pubs this month could be delayed 1 month ago

Taoiseach warns that plan to reopen all pubs this month could be delayed

"There is an obligation on everyone to behave."

Micheál Martin has warned that the plan to reopen all pubs on 20 July could be delayed, as it is essential "to put public health first."

Speaking to Cork 96FM on Monday, Martin said: "As you know the full opening was to take place on 20 July… it could be delayed if they don’t behave.

"We will get advice from the public health officials but we are worried about it.

"We have to put public health first. That is the overarching issue.

"The only way we can get the economy back is if we keep Covid-19 down.  Any change to this would be a disaster for the country."

This topic has been discussed widely after footage and images emerged over the weekend of large groups of people consuming alcohol on the streets of Dublin.

The Licensed Vintners Association (LVA) has publicly condemned groups of people drinking on the street, claiming that it completely "jeopardises public health".

Licensed premises reopened a week ago under Phase 3 of the roadmap to reopen the country.

Martin also said that a formal decision on travel restrictions in Ireland is expected to be made later on Monday.