Councils and businesses around the country are putting the finishing touches to facilities to accommodate outdoor dining and drinking from Monday.

However, the Restaurants Association of Ireland say the provision of space for outdoor dining is ad-hoc and varies throughout the country, and are calling on local authorities to publish details of the facilities they are providing and investments they are making.

RAI's CEO Adrian Cummins said Cork and Dublin City Council have led the way in the provision of these facilities, but he said he also wants to see the plans to develop further spaces as the summer progresses.

In Dublin, the majority of pubs are expected to reopen their doors for outdoor hospitality on Monday.

The Licensed Vintners' Association said 72% of its members have said they will reopen and they expect those numbers to increase in the coming weeks.

The LVA’s Donal O’Keefe said publicans are excited and enthusiastic about the reopening, in particular those who have not opened their doors since 15 March, which is 445 days ago.

He said publicans in the Dublin suburbs are best placed to provide outdoor service, with many transforming their car parks to facilitate customers from next week.

Dublin's Capel Street and Parliament Street will be made traffic-free on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings for a trial period to support businesses and facilitate outdoor dining this summer, Dublin City Council has said.

From 6.30pm to 11.30pm on those weekend evenings from next Friday 11 June, the streets will be closed to traffic.

The council said that the trial will last six weeks, and will be assessed after that period. It follows a public consultation for pedestrianisation options for the street.

This measure is in addition to the increased pedestrian space already created by build-outs on Capel Street, and the closure of Capel Street and Ryders Row which will be closed to vehicular traffic from 7am next Friday 11 June.

Local bus diversions will be put in place for buses that usually serve Parliament Street.

There will be no disruption to Luas services, while access for local residents will be maintained, the council added.