The Chief Medical Officer says it's time for people to be hopeful and to start planning for the summer.
Dr Tony Holohan says he wants next week to be a 'significant turning point' in the pandemic, as restrictions ease.
It comes as 393 new cases of Covid-19 and eight deaths were reported yesterday, 26 of the cases were confirmed in Donegal.
123 patients were in public hospitals with the virus last night, with 36 in intensive care - the lowest this year.
There are 7 infectious cases at Letterkenny University Hospital, up 1 on yesterday's figure with 1 person in ICU.
Dr Gerald Barry, an assistant professor of virology in UCD, says people should be optimistic for the summer ahead: