Nursing homes are calling for clear guidance from the National Public Health Emergency Team in terms of re-allowing in-person visits in the coming weeks.

NPHET will consider changes to nursing home visits at its meeting tomorrow, given that the majority of residents and staff have now been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

Visits to nursing homes are severely restricted under the Level 5 lockdown.

However, it's hoped that some visiting might resume in the coming weeks, under certain conditions.

Tadhg Daly of Nursing Homes Ireland is suggesting that visits would have to be pre-booked, with nominated visitors from each family, and with rapid antigen testing for visitors.

Speaking to Tommy Marren earlier, Mr Daly said it's very welcome news that the vast majority of residents and staff are now fully vaccinated, but they have to remain cautious about the risk of allowing the virus into a facility through visitors....