The reopening of schools on Monday is expected to be discussed when the Cabinet Sub-committee on Covid 19 meets tomorrow.
The three party leaders along with the Health, Finance and Public Expenditure Ministers will attend as well as senior health officials.
The meeting will take place as pressure on the health system increases amid rising coronavirus case numbers.
The Department of Education earlier said it fully intends to reopen schools on the 11th of January.
However, the Teachers Union of Ireland is recommending schools remain closed until January 18th.
The TUI It says the very significant increase in positive cases of Covid-19 is cause for justifiable alarm, and a further delay is needed.
The Irish Independent reports this evening that ministers across all three Govt parties do not expect schools to fully reopen next week.