Varadkar says the country is 'not out of the woods yet' when it comes to COVID restrictions

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said the country is not out of the woods yet when it comes to COVID restrictions. 

Cabinet Ministers will make a decision next Tuesday on whether some measures can be lifted - like the 5km travel rule. 

There's a push from a number of TDs, including Housing Minister Darragh O'Brien, to re-open home construction. 

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar says the reality of rising figures will impact what they can do:

"On Tuesday we will give as much clarity as we can, and as much hope as we can. But we'll also need to be honest, we're not out of the woods yet. I am hopeful about the summer, but the next couple of weeks are very worrying. The situation is deteriorating across Europe and appears to be deteriorating here here as well, and will give people as much clarity as we can. But we've seen on so many occasions that this virus rips us our plans. "

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