Coronavirus restrictions in Ireland will remain in place for a while as the new UK variant of the virus goes into effect.
The Taoiseach said Ireland’s strict Covid-19 restrictions could remain in place for the first half of the year.
Micheal Martin said new coronavirus cases may only need to be 100-200 before restrictions can be relaxed.
Mr Martin has said that his concern is the new British variant.
On RTE Radio 1, Mr. Martin said: “It will be the dominant variant here. It is 62% of all cases. It transmits more easily.
“If we have mass mobilization and mass socialization, it will spread again.
“I think with the upcoming vaccines there is an argument to be cautious and conservative in the first half of this year until we roll out the vaccines.
“We will experience far longer lasting restrictions than before.”