Restrictions on movement due to the coronavirus crisis are being extended for another three weeks, while the Leaving Cert exams have been postponed until later in the summer.
The strict restrictions announced two weeks ago were initially meant to last until this coming Sunday, April 12th.
However, the Government this afternoon confirmed the rules will be extended as health officials continue to work to drive down the number of COVID-19 cases here.
Speaking at Government Buildings this afternoon, Leo Varadkar thanked the public for the "sacrifices they've made so far".
However, he said we "have to keep going" - and confirmed the Government has now accepted the latest recommendations from the National Public Health Emergency Team.
It means the current restrictions - which include the closure of non-essential businesses and advice for everyone to stay at home wherever possible - will now be in effect until Tuesday May 5th.
Meanwhile, the Leaving Cert exams have been postponed until late July or August.
Junior Cycle exams have been cancelled for this year, and will be replaced with school-based exams later in the year.