The Dáil will meet on Thursday afternoon for statements on health and social protection.

There will be no vote to elect a Taoiseach that day and legislation is also not on the agenda.

This is because any new laws cannot be passed by the Oireachtas without a functioning Seanad.

The planned Dáil meeting follows extensive consultations with TDs over the last 24 hours amid fears that it could pose a health risk.

It will again have a reduced number of TDs attending.

The Labour Party has said it disagrees with the decision to allow the Dáil to sit on Thursday.

It said its TDs will not attend in order to support the national effort to stay at home to fight the spread of Covid-19.

In a statement, the party said the sitting on Thursday for statements is non essential business and no legislation is being proposed.

It says this will put an unnecessary burden on Oireachtas staff and staff in Government departments.

Sinn Féin and Solidarity-PBP had pushed for the sitting to take place.

But Independent TD Mattie McGrath has described the sitting as "a bit unnecessary".