There have been calls for a "workable solution" to allow TDs return to sitting in Leinster House instead of the Convention Centre.

Sinn Féin TD Matt Carthy has said the Government has approved guidelines that will allow more people sit in the Dáil bar than in the Dáil chamber.

He said he objected to Thursday's Dáil sitting moving back to the Convention Centre. 

Mr Carthy said that it was undermining the credibility of the House that they cannot come up with a solution to allow TDs to do business in Leinster House. 

He called on the Business Committee to reconvene and come up with a workable solution.

The Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, said this was not a Government matter and was one for the Oireachtas.

He said the Government was open to whatever the Oireachtas agrees to consider. 

The Taoiseach said comparing it to the Dáil bar was "nonsense" and did not help to deal with the situation. 

Mr Martin pointed out the bar has been closed for months and says "it's a nice line", but it does not offer a solution.

He said that the issue was can votes take place safely in Leinster House within public health guidelines.

Separately, the Government has approved a proposal from Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris for a new literacy, numeracy and digital skills strategy. 

The Minister said: "We can't ignore the fact some people have been left behind." 

He added people who don't have those skills feel locked out. 

Mr Harris said a new strategy would be developed in six months and would be led by training organisation Solas. 

He added there would be consultation with stakeholders about the next steps. 

The development has been welcomed by National Adult Literacy Agency.