The Cabinet has agreed to extend protections for tenants whose incomes have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Residential Tenancies and Valuation Bill had been due to lapse on 12 April but it has been renewed for three months.

This legislation protects tenants from eviction until July if they have been negatively impacted by Covid-19 and are facing rent arrears.

It also prevents any rent increases for those who find themselves in this predicament provided they make a self-declaration that their incomes have fallen as a result of the pandemic.

However, the blanket ban on all evictions will expire within ten days of the 5 kilometre limit ending.

That limit is set to remain in place until 5 April but will be reviewed in the lead up to that date.

However Sinn Féin housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin said a ban on evictions should remain in place until the end of the year, while People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny said it was important that people with both rental and mortgage arrears are protected when the pandemic ends.

Cabinet also extended parent's leave from two to five weeks from next month in a move first announced in the last Budget.

This measure will be contained in the Family Leave Bill and it is within this piece of legislation that Government will include amendments to quickly progress through the Oireachtas the new Personal Injuries Guidelines.

Guidelines Government hope will reduce litigation, awards and ultimately insurance costs.

Cabinet also got an update on plans for St Patrick's day in the absence of ministerial foreign trips.

Each Irish embassy will hold a virtual celebration with key contacts.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney briefed colleagues virtually following his recent return from Iran.

The Government has agreed to provide an indemnity for hotels that will be used for mandatory quarantining. 

It means that if someone gets Covid-19 in a hotel, the owners will be indemnified.

However, regular claims would still be covered by the hotel group's own insurance.