They will continue reviewing the rules, in light of the covid-19 outbreak.
A midlands hospital has further eased restrictions on partners attending the birth of their child.
Mullingar Regional Hospital had enforced regulations, to limit the spread of infection during the pandemic.
However, from today, all birth partners can now attend the labour ward when their partner is in active labour and the birth partners of mothers who have a planned cesarean section can be present in theatre for the birth.
Partners will be asked to wear full PPE when attending the birth of their baby, which will be supplied by the hospital.
Hospital management says It remains their sincere hope that all visitor restrictions due to Covid-19 will be lifted in the near future.