The Taoiseach sampled the food and atmosphere as he dined al-fresco on Cork’s Prince’s St today, the poster-child for our summer outdoors, but cautioned that the great re-opening will be done “one step at a time”.
Micheál Martin, who also officially opened a new docklands office block, said while it was great to see hospitality re-open and that the last few days have been heartening for many, such progress must be consolidated and the situation reassessed before decisions to ease restrictions further can be made, and office workers are cleared to return to the workplace.
“It’s great that outdoor dining is back,” he said before tucking into lunch outside Nash19.
“I think the city has been very innovative - the traders and the city council - in terms of pedestrianisation of streets, in terms of the adaptation of certain streets with the umbrellas and so on.
“It’s all helping to get the city back on its feet and to give people opportunities as we emerge from Covid-19 and relax restrictions.
“The last couple of days have been very heartening for people and now with matches coming back, of people being able to attend matches, we are making progress. But we must consolidate the progress and we will make further progress as the summer rolls on.
“We will take it one step at a time. We’ll see how this works out and evaluate this towards the end of the month and will make further assessments on it.”