‘Time to be ourselves again’: Taoiseach announces end to almost all Covid restrictions

Taoiseach Micheàl Martin has confirmed that almost all Covid-19 restrictions will be lifted from 6am on Saturday in his 23rd state of the nation address this evening.

Announcing an end to almost all Covid restrictions, the Taoiseach has said it is now time to “be ourselves again”.

Solidarity with each other and trust in science has got this country to a place where the vast majority of restrictions can be lifted, Micheál Martin has said.

He said there have been many twists and turns along the pandemic path but “today is a good day”.

On Friday, the Cabinet signed off plans to lift all regulations – except for mask-wearing, self-isolation and Covid passes for international travel – from 6am on Saturday.