Micheal Martin insisted the vaccine rollout had put Ireland in a different situation from earlier in the pandemic, despite rising infection rates.
The 2,180 cases of coronavirus reported on Saturday was the highest number since January.
A further 1,380 cases were reported on Sunday.
While Mr Martin has insisted new measures are not on the horizon, he has already cautioned he cannot guarantee the lifting of the remaining restrictions will proceed as planned this coming Friday.
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