Tue, 03 Aug 2021

DUBLIN, Ireland: Taoiseach Micheal Martin has said some Irish workers might return to working in their offices by the end of August.

Martin noted that the return to offices will be the result of the large numbers of the Irish population expected to be vaccinated by August.

Speaking in Cork, the Taoiseach noted that many young people hired for jobs in the past year have not yet been able to work from their company offices.

He added that research has shown that young people would like a work experience which includes working from home and in an office.

"We were able to do more than we signaled and likewise, I think by the end of this month we might be able to do more than we signaled for August, and that could mean the return of some workers to offices by the end of August," said Martin.

Martin noted that social distancing guidelines in offices would be maintained when workers return.

The government is expected to issue new reductions in Covid restrictions at the end of June.

Meanwhile, the return of members to Dil sessions at Leinster House on Tuesdays and Thursdays is being weighed by the Deputy Government Chief Whip.

Fine Gael's Brendan Griffin has proposed again conducting the majority of Dil sittings in Leinster House.

The Dil has held sessions in the Convention Centre Dublin since the middle of 2020.

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