Currently a Covid-19 statutory instrument, published in Iris Oifigiuil recently, makes it a criminal offence to attend certain types of indoor events or gatherings, including religious services other than weddings or funerals. The penalty for breaches of the new law are a fine of €127 or up to six months in jail. This past week the Taoiseach has written to the Bishops to say that the reopening of Churches for public worship will be given ‘careful and positive consideration’ at Government discussions next week on easing restrictions in May. The Taoiseach remarks in his letter on the comprehensive measures in place when Churches were last opened for congregational worship. Bishop Nulty, our Diocesan Administrator, reminds us that from Monday the number of people allowed to attend Funeral services rises to 25.
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