The Government has agreed to ban evictions for the next seven weeks from this Saturday.

The proposed legislation was discussed this afternoon during an incorporeal Cabinet meeting.

Minister for Housing Darragh O'Brien brought a memo to Cabinet yesterday and the legislation was agreed today.

The new ban on evictions is being linked to the 5km travel restrictions.

This means that anytime the Government decides to implement 5km travel restrictions in the future the freeze on evictions will automatically come into place.

It is understood the ban will be in place for the six week period in line with the level five restrictions.

Tenants will also be given a further ten days where they cannot be evicted following the lifting of restrictions.

The proposals are due to be debated in the Dáil tomorrow, the Seanad on Friday and will then go to President Michael D Higgins to be signed into law.

Exemptions to the legislation include anti-social behavior and if a dwelling or home was being used for other reasons without the consent of the landlord.

Sinn Féin housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin said he welcomed any ban on evictions.

However, he said he had a number of issues with the Bill and would be tabling amendments in the Dáil.

He said: "While we will be supporting the Bill we feel it is very weak and needs strengthening to give renters greater protection at this very distressing time."