The Tánaiste says he's not convinced more Covid restrictions are needed - ahead of a vital NPHET meeting this morning.
Leo Varadkar says he doubts it's necessary to limit people's 'freedoms, family lives and businesses'.
Leo Varadkar confirms this to his parliamentary party this evening.
Says he’s “skeptical” imposing new restrictions would be warranted at the moment https://t.co/L5kVtiJXj9
— Seán Defoe (@SeanDefoe) December 1, 2021
NPHET will consider recommending more restrictions today, after the first Omicron case in Ireland was confirmed yesterday.
An average of nearly 4,500 Covid infections have also been confirmed over the past five days.
The government has already introduced some measures due to the new variant, including home quarantine from seven southern African countries.
But Dr David Nabarro, from the World Health Organisation, has advised against such travel restrictions.
"Blanket travel bans from particular places don't actually stop that virus from spreading."
He says government should avoid making travel a "terrible obstacle course" but make it as easy and safe as possible.