The Cabinet is meeting today to sign off on plans for a significant easing of Covid-19 restrictions from May the 10th.

Intercounty travel, click and collect, religious services and hairdressers will be the first to resume from next Monday week 10th May.

This will be followed by the reopening of non-essential retail on the 17th of May while hospitality will return outdoors in June.

Hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs will return on June 2nd, and restaurants and pubs can reopen for outdoor services five days later.

The Taoiseach will make an announcement about the easing of restrictions this evening.

Going into the Cabinet meeting, the Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said hope is starting to break through....