The Dáil has passed the legislation allowing indoor dining for fully vaccinated people or those who've recovered from Covid, and the Bill will now go to the Seanad.
It was voted through by 74 votes to 68 last night.
It's emerged that Mayo TDs Michael Ring and Alan Dillon were among a number of Government deputies who missed the vote, and were unaccounted for when the controversial bill finally passed.
If the legislation passes through the Seanad, bars, cafes and restaurants look set to resume indoor service no later than next Monday week, July 26th.
Publicans and restauranteurs will have to ask customers for evidence of immunity.
While children will be allowed to dine indoors if accompanied by vaccinated parents, the Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan is advising that parents should not bring their children into a pub or restaurant, but should opt to dine outside instead.
While warning that the country is at the start of another dangerous wave of Covid-19 with a difficult 10 weeks ahead, Dr Holohan said there are already higher rates of infection among 13-18 year olds.
He also indicated that any other major easing of restrictions is not likely to happen before September, when almost the entire adult population is expected to be vaccinated against the virus.
It comes amid a jump in Covid cases. 783 new cases were reported yesterday - the highest in almost five months, and Dr Tony Holohan says caution is needed, particularly for people not yet vaccinated....