The Government has approved the reopening of all pubs from September 21.
The decision to allow 'wet pubs' open their doors after six months was approved by Cabinet.
However, fresh doubts have now been cast over the reopening of pubs in Dublin and Limerick after one senior minister warned that we are at a "delicate moment" with Covid-19.
People living in both counties have been urged to keep social contacts to a minimum following a spike in cases.
Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris warned that public health advice and the epidemiology of the virus at any time will always supersede the Government decision to reopen pubs.
Padraig Cribben, chief executive of the Vintners' Federation of Ireland, welcomed the new reopening date but said the group had always been of the opinion that all pubs should have opened at the same time.
He added that the guidelines are "very onerous" and a "decent suite of supports" are now required to make sure pubs can survive.
“The Government’s decision to reopen the full pub trade in Ireland on 21 September, is a welcome relief for the drinks and hospitality industry.
“However, the future of many of the sector’s businesses still remains under threat, with many still unsure if they can recuperate from the damage caused over the past six months.
“After enduring the longest lockdown in the EU, Ireland’s pub trade has suffered from some of the most detrimental impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. The ability to finally reopen doors will be the first step towards recovery.
“While the physical reopening of businesses was always going to be first on the agenda, the future of the drinks and hospitality industry needs to be protected by longer-term strategies and supports that can enable these businesses to not only reopen, but to recover.