Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said he is increasingly confident that indoor dining will be possible over the course of the summer.
Mr Varadkar says that Government expects to be able to give an indication at the end of April about how the hospitality sector can reopen across June and July.
However, he added that he did not want to give false hope, adding that there would be no further detail revealed by the Government until the end of April.
Earlier, the Tánaiste said the Government is on track to ease restrictions on 4 May, adding that he is confident over 80% of people will have been offered a vaccine by June.
Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland programme, Mr Varadkar said all decisions are based on four elements: the vaccines, the variants, virus case numbers, and how hospitals are coping.