The tourism and hospitality sector has given a broad welcome to the plan to open much of the economy this Summer, with just he RSA voicing criticism.
The Taoiseach outlined the reopening plan throughout May and June, saying the country is in a better place and the Covid-19 strategy "is working" thanks to the efforts of people and the vaccination programme.
The main points of the re-opening plan are:
On 17 May all shops will be able to reopen, and on 2 June hotels, B&Bs, guesthouses and self-catering accommodation can open again.
Outdoor hospitality, including restaurants and all pubs, will resume on 7 June. Gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres can reopen on the same date for individual training.
While matches will resume on this date, it will be later in the summer before even small numbers of fans are allowed attend.
Also from 7 June, 25 guests can attend wedding receptions and indoor visits in private homes involving one other household can begin again.
People will be allowed to travel across the country from 10 May.
On the same day hairdressers, barbers and beauticians will reopen by appointment only, along with libraries, museums, galleries and other cultural attractions, while click-and-collect for non-essential retail will also resume.
Up to 50 people will be allowed to attend religious services, including weddings and funerals.
However, indoor wedding parties will remain capped at six guests and 15 for outdoor celebrations.
Small outdoor gatherings will be possible for up to 15 people as will adult training in pods of a maximum of 15.
From 10 May also, three households, or a group of six people, can meet outdoors, including in private gardens, and a vaccinated household can meet an unvaccinated one indoors.
This is to allow grandparents in particular meet their extended families.
Public transport will operate at 50% capacity.