Laois Offaly TD demands same number for funerals as for weddings in Covid Level 5

Lynda Kiernan

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Lynda Kiernan

Barry cowen

Laois Offaly TD Barry Cowen. Picture: Alf Harvey

A Laois Offaly TD has pointed to the difference of people allowed at a wedding and a funeral, under the Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions that will kick in shortly.

Barry Cowen has contacted Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Tánaiste Leo Varadkar to ask why it's not the same number of people allowed to grieve at a funeral, as celebrate at a wedding. 

"Have contacted Taoiseach & Tánaiste asking that if 25 can celebrate a wedding, surely 25 rather than 10 can grieve at loved ones funeral. Hope it can be done."

Read full list of Level 5 restrictions here. 

UPDATE: 

An hour later, Deputy Cowen announced on Twitter that the Cabinet has agreed with his suggestion.

"I’m informed presently that the cabinet have agreed with my suggestion that the number of attendees at a funeral has been increased from 10 to 25. It’s a compassionate and welcome acknowledgement that this was address so quickly"