Representatives of the hospitality sector said they had a "constructive" meeting with the Taoiseach and Government ministers yesterday, following the decision to delay the reopening of indoor hospitality.

A special group is to be formally established before Monday - involving both Government and the industry - with a view to finding a "workable solution" to this issue.

Representatives of the pub, restaurant and entertainment industries throughout Mayo will stage a peaceful protest in Ballina this Saturday.

It's being organised to show opposition to the decision to delay reopening by at least two more weeks.

The issue was hotly debated at last night's Fianna Fail and Fine Gael parliamentary party meetings.

Meanwhile, NPHET's modelling of the direction Covid-19 could take over the coming months did not take into account changes to the vaccine rollout.

It means the models used by the Cabinet on Tuesday to make the decision on delaying the reopening of indoor dining were out of date.

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