The Dáil has heard claims that the Government has a "hostile attitude" to pubs while it turns a "blind eye" to the impact of house parties on Covid-19.

This was the view of Independent TD Denis Naughten, who was speaking during a debate that called for the scrapping of a regulation requiring pubs and restaurants keep records of customers' orders for 28 days.

However, the Government has argued that removing that particular regulation would annul the current limits on social gathering and the number of Covid-19 cases would go up.

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said the latest Covid-19 figures are on an upward trajectory and this is concerning.

He said the first chapter was about flattening the curve and now the second chapter is about suppressing the virus.

But there were also accusations that Government was giving out mixed messages over its approach to Covid-19 measures.

Independent TD Catherine Connolly said the virus is extremely dangerous but the Government's communications strategy has been a "shambles".

While Rural Independent TD Michael Collins said the Government's use of regulations underpinned by Statutory Instruments are a "kick in the teeth to democracy".

Minister of State Frank Feighan concluded the debate saying that everything the Government has done has been aimed at keeping people safe while at the same time trying to reopen the economy.