An Achill-based priest is calling for Churches to be allowed to reopen for Mass, and claims people are bereft without the Sacraments.

Fr Gerard Quirke says the isolation caused by the current Covid-19 restrictions is affecting the mental health of people living alone in rural areas.

Fr Quirke, who's stationed in Achill since last December, has started broadcasting daily Mass on Facebook, but is critical of the decision not to allow people into Churches for Mass, and to limit funerals to ten people.

As the Cabinet meets to decide what restrictions can be eased during the month of April, he's calling on Government to allow people back to Mass....

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