Ministers are set to consider the reopening of outdoor hospitality from late May.
It comes ahead of a meeting of the cabinet sub-committee tonight.
There, senior ministers will discuss the latest covid-19 situation and the easing of restrictions.
However, senior sources are pushing back on suggestions that pubs and restaurants may be allowed to serve customers outside from May 24th.
They feel it will more likely be June:
Bit of pushback from some I've been chatting to in government about May 24th as a return date for pubs. Senior source suggests it could be a 'hawks and doves' situation at cabinet.
But the fact it's a debate over June or earlier is a good sign for hospitality re-opening
— Seán Defoe (@SeanDefoe) April 28, 2021
Minister Eamon Ryan has suggested the nine euro meal will be scrapped whenever pubs are allowed to open their doors.
He's also said that inter-county travel is set to return in June alongside the reopening of the hospitality sector.