In March, the Government announced a €17m scheme that would provide grants of up to €4,000 to hotels, cafes, restaurants and attractions where food is sold, to help them prepare premises for serving outdoors.

However, so-called wet pubs expressed disappointment that they were not going to be eligible for the scheme as they do not serve food.

But launching a new €4m Fáilte Ireland domestic tourism marketing campaign this morning, Catherine Martin indicated that progress is being made in addressing the publican’s concerns.

“It is more complex than the dining, but I am confident progress is being made and hopeful that very shortly there will be an announcement that will be of benefit to thousands of wet pubs across the country in relation to supports,” she said.

The Minister also said she was not anticipating any changes to the roadmap for the reopening of hospitality in June.

She said she would be advocating for a reopening of indoor dining as soon as possible, but that public health advice would have to be taken into consideration.

The Minister said the Government is looking to the summer with hope and asking people to holiday at home and support tourism and hospitality businesses devastated by Covid-19.

She said that will restore jobs right across communities across the length and breadth of the country.

Ms Martin said she hopes that next week the Government will produce a roadmap for international tourism as it is really critical for tourism to recover, as it accounts for 75% of tourism revenue.

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She said she hopes that Ireland will be able to implement the EU’s Digital Green Certificate as soon as possible.

“We know that that roadmap is needed,” she added, when asked about the importance of getting international travel restarted for the aviation industry.

She also said that she is acutely aware of the need for there to not be any cliff-edge in supports for the industry.

The issue of changes to supports would all be examined in the context of the National Economic Recovery Plan which will be announced shortly, she added.

Launching the new “Keep Discovering” campaign, Fáilte Ireland’s CEO, Paul Kelly said it aims to reboot and rebuild the tourism industry here.

“The economic importance of a domestic holiday cannot be overstated, particularly now at this point in our country’s recovery, so it’s about turning plans into bookings,” he said.

“The tourism sector will need strong support across the country not just during the summer season but throughout autumn and winter months.”

He added that the latest Fáilte Ireland research shows that 46% of Irish people plan on taking a short break in Ireland within the next 6 months.