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Simon Coveney. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Simon Coveney. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Simon Coveney. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has insisted Ireland will follow its own public health advice on lifting travel restrictions rather than be bound by EU guidelines.

Speaking after the EU Commission unveiled plans to lift travel restrictions between member states with similar levels of Covid-19 infection, Mr Coveney insisted the easing of restrictions was a matter for individual countries.

"Tourism is a vital sector across the EU, employing more than 30 million people, and Ireland welcomes, and was part of, the European Commission's work to protect this part of our economy," Mr Coveney told the Irish Independent.