Families looking to take a holiday this year risk missing out on the Government's staycation subsidy as it is not expected to be introduced until September.
The tax rebate on hotels and restaurant bills, which is aimed at revitalising the tourism industry, would not kick in until after the peak holiday season.
The first-of-its kind tax-back scheme will focus on increasing trade for hotels and restaurants.
But it is set to be targeted at the period when the season traditionally dies down at the end of August, the Irish Independent has learned.
This would cause problems for families with children of school-going age who are expected to be back in the classroom by September.
The subsidy remains a key measure under discussion in the Government's July stimulus package which will be revealed later this week.
The exact detail of how the scheme will work is still being worked on by Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe and Tourism Minister Catherine Martin.
It is expected people would be able to claim back a portion of their bill for accommodation and meals if they are holidaying in Ireland. The aim is to create more business for the tourism industry, which has suffered thousands of job losses due to the pandemic.
A senior Government source said the summer months are not the main concern but rather the following weeks when tourism dies down.
The subsidy will be available in the so-called "shoulder season" when there are fewer tourists booking hotels and eating out. But this will mean people with holidays booked over the coming weeks will miss out on the subsidy.
The tax-back plan is based on a UK scheme which sees the government pay up to half of a person's restaurant meal to a maximum of £10 (€11) a head. However, the UK 'Eat Out to Help Out' scheme is only available between August 3 and 31.
The Government considered vouchers and VAT cuts but they were ruled out over fears savings would not be passed on. Rebooting the tourism industry is a key focus of the Government's July stimulus which is being described as a "mini budget". It was due to be announced today, but has been delayed until Thursday.
It is understood Higher Education Minister Simon Harris is to provide an extra €100m to the third-level sector to help it deal with Covid-19 costs.
Uses for the funding would include a laptop scheme for students who have to study from home, as well as additional mental health supports.
Ministers are also expected to consider new public health advice for universities and colleges on safely reopening.
Schools would share funding of around €100m for building repairs and improvements under proposals being considered. The plan would form part of the "shovel ready" projects that ministers have said they want in the Government's landmark initiative aimed at boosting jobs and the economy after the massive hit taken due to the pandemic.
Under the plans, the temporary wage subsidy scheme (TWSS) and Covid-19 pandemic unemployment payments (PUP) are set to be extended into next year but wound down over several months. There will be increased supports for businesses struggling to cope with the impact of the crisis, including enhanced restart grants to help them to reopen.
The Irish Independent understands Education Minster Norma Foley and the Minister of State for Special Education Josepha Madigan have sought around €100m for an expanded minor works scheme. If approved it would be in addition to the €29m already allocated to primary schools for minor works.
Sources said final decisions have yet to be made on the request, but under the proposals primary schools would get an extra €30m for works.
Secondary schools would be brought into the scheme and get around €50m. Another €20m would be set aside for schools that had emergency needs or exceptional cases.
Funding under the existing minor works scheme for primary schools can be used on everything from fire safety and window replacement to roof repairs and the purchase of furniture.
Schools could also prepare buildings for operating under coronavirus safety restrictions, although it's understood a separate funding package specifically for this - to be announced in the coming weeks - is being worked on by department officials.
The stimulus will also features a major focus on investing in apprenticeship schemes to encourage people to get new skills and return to work.
Green Party leader Eamon Ryan is also planning a major retrofitting scheme.