Taoiseach Micheál Martin and chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan have differed over unvaccinated children accompanying their parents inside restaurants, pubs and cafes.
The Taoiseach insisted yesterday that he did not see “any difficulty” with parents bringing unvaccinated children when indoor dining resumes next week.
His comments follow an intervention by Dr Holohan, who warned parents to dine only outdoors with their children until more of the population is vaccinated.
Legislation on indoor dining for people who have been vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19 allows for unvaccinated under-18s to eat inside in the company of an adult.
Speaking at an event in Co Offaly, Mr Martin said people should “exercise their own judgment”, but insisted he did not envisage a problem with people bringing their children for meals indoors.
“In many instances there won’t be any difficulty in terms of children, in my view, accompanying parents in a controlled environment,” he said.