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  • Asked about the Level system for the Living with Covid plan, Mr Martin said people are "learning all the time", adding that the Government response evolves with how the virus situation changes.

    "Maybe you could describe it as a Level 3+", he said, adding that the current framework does help to inform the Government on what changes need to be made.

    Mr Martin also said "some progress has been made" in relation to driving tests for essential workers and they hope to get a resolution.

    He said they are cautious about communions and confirmations "not because of the service but what happens afterwards".

    The Taoiseach said they know from last year that some of them were factors in spreading the virus.

    He said he expects they will not take place in May.

    He said there is "a lot depending on personal behaviour" and there are good signs that people have adhered to guidelines.

    "It's been a long lockdown. Many people have had tough times... and we're very conscious of that."