Some restrictions aimed at halting the spread of Covid-19 have been eased for the Christmas period.
Households are now allowed to mix with up to two other households. Previously, people were only allowed to visit those in their own household bubble.
People will also be allowed to travel outside their county.
The measures came into force at midnight and were due to remain in place for at least three weeks.
However, ministers are likely to look at bringing forward the tightening of restrictions to 28, 29 or 30 December.
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said he does not think Ireland is heading into Level 5 and said that Ireland is doing well in comparison with other European countries.
For more information please see https://www.rte.ie/news/2020/1218/1185179-coronavirus-ireland/