The organisers of the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival will be keenly awaiting the outcome of Tuesday's Cabinet meeting on whether or not to further ease the remaining Covid-19 restrictions from next Friday.

The Government had earmarked 22 October for lifting the final restrictions which coincides with the start of the first major festival in Ireland since the pandemic first broke out.

A spokesperson for the festival - which first began in 1978 - said today that they are continuing to plan for this year's jazz festival.

"We are aware that further announcements regarding restrictions are due to be released early next week (Tuesday). The health & safety of the public remains our absolute priority."

The Guinness Cork Jazz Festival is one of the biggest and longest-running events on the Irish music calendar, attracting thousands of people to the city over the bank holiday weekend.

It is estimated that it is worth €45 million to the wider Cork community.