On Thursday 14 May the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, met with representatives of the Catholic Church, Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly (President, Vice President and Secretary of the Irish Episcopal Conference) to share thoughts on the reopening of places of worship over the course of the summer.

Many churches and other places of worship have been closed for several weeks under restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of Covid-19.

Under the government’s roadmap for easing those restrictions, religious places and places of worship will not be allowed to hold services until the fourth phase, which will begin in mid-July at the earliest.

At yesterday’s meeting, the three archbishops shared information on the work that is being done at all levels to develop a national Church plan for the safe reopening and emphasised it will play its part in applying public health measures to ensure the health and safety of its congregation.

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