Organising or attending a house party may be made an offence.
The Government will discuss the proposal at a cabinet meeting later, where the decision to further delay the reopening of pubs will be rubber-stamped.
Publicans, no longer surprised by reopening delays, feel the focus needs to be moved to house parties.
The Government is now looking at ways to tackle house parties, with a proposal on the table to make it an offence to organise or attend a gathering of more than six people.
But publicans are instead suggesting they be allowed to reopen, while at the same time banning the sale of alcohol from off-licences and supermarkets.
Cabinet will also consider giving Gardaí the power to close a pub on the spot if theyre found to be in breach of covid-19 rules.