Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has received approval at Cabinet to redesignate four voluntary hospices around the country in order to put them on a more certain financial footing.
The facilities are Milford Care Centre in Limerick, Galway Hospice, Marymount Care Centre in Cork and St Francis Hospice in Dublin.
Currently, the voluntary hospices have a Section 39 organisation designation, which means they are funded to varying degrees for services.
Employees are also not classified as public servants.
However, the proposed new designation - Section 38 organisations - are funded to provide a defined level of service on behalf of the HSE, and their employees are classified as public servants
The move is prompted by an acceptance in Government that the existing funding model does not provide financial sustainability when these hospices are providing clinical services, which would commonly be associated with high-dependency hospital units.
Separately, Minister for Arts and Media Catherine Martin brought a memo to the Cabinet to amend the Online Safety and Media Regulation Bill so that it includes the criminal offence of flashing, or exposure, as a further category.
It is understood this amendment would enable the Online Safety Commissioner to deal with online content relating to the offence of flashing through systemic regulations.
Additional reporting: Paul Cunningham