At their meeting later today, public health officials will consider whether to increase the limit on the number of people attending Mass and religious services.

It follows criticism from the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin, who claims larger churches and cathedrals should be able to fit more people than to 50 currently permitted.

Health minister Simon Harris told the Dáil last night he broadly agreed, and is seeking further guidance from the National Public Health Emergency Team today.

Meanwhile the restriction of 50 on numbers attending Masses have led to changes in the way Knock Shrine plans to reopen next week.

The Shrine had intended to hold daily Mass in the Basilica, but instead, Masses next week will be held three times per day in the Parish Church, on a first come-first served basis.

Parish Priest of Knock Fr Richard Gibbons says that, due to the cap of 50 currently in place, Masses will be held at 12 noon, 3pm and 7.30 pm next week.

Once larger numbers are allowed to attend, Masses will then move to the Basilica, and tickets will have to be pre-booked online.

 

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