The chief medical officer says the country will only be re-opened in a cautious and conservative manner, to try prevent further Covid-19 restrictions later this year.
1,339 people with the virus have died, after a further 23 fatalities were confirmed, while the number of cases has risen to just under 22,000.
Ireland's gradual easing of measures, between now and August, is much slower than in other countries.
But Dr Tony Holohan is defending the approach. He says Ireland could still lose control of the Covid-19 outbreak and it is possible more measures could be needed: