Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty TD is calling on the government to announce an extension of the Covid-19 travel restrictions without delay.
The Sinn Féin TD said it is clear that Ireland is nowhere near a situation where restrictions can be lifted and clarity is needed for workers, families and businesses before Monday.
The current movement restrictions were announced two weeks ago and were to be in place until 12th April.
But the rise in Covid-19 cases and deaths suggest that the lockdown will be extended.
Deputy Doherty said the public needs to know what will happen next week so they can plan accordingly.
He said: “The number of positive Covid-19 test results, and the number of deaths, has sadly been increasing in the past number of days.
“The number of case clusters in nursing homes and care settings is very worrying, the ICU unit of a major acute hospital is at capacity and the situation regarding testing is a cause of major public concern.
“Whilst the measures introduced thus far appear to be having a positive impact on the spread of Covid-19, it is patently clear at this point that we are nowhere near a situation where restrictions on public movement can be lifted by next Monday (12th April).
“This is obviously worrying for many people, not least of all workers that have been laid off and those who are reliant on the Wage Subsidy Scheme – with which there are other issues that need to be addressed.
“It is incumbent on the government to spell out now that restrictions on public movement and business activity are not going to be lifted next week so that workers, families and businesses have some level of clarity in the current situation and can begin to plan accordingly.”