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Ministers have backed plans draft new laws around mandatory mask wearing in certain settings.

Approval was secured this morning to draft legislation to enforce mandatory wearing of masks in particular areas.

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly will look to re-enact some pandemic powers ahead of the winter.

The legislation which give power to mask mandates, while other Covid restrictions has lapsed which the Government wants to bring some parts back.

Ministers want to have the power available to bring back a mask mandate should there be a big Covid surge in the winter.

The actual laws haven’t been drafted yet and as such won’t be passed before the Dáil’s summer recess, but they will be on the agenda early in the new term in September.