Ireland's four Archbishops have called for a meeting with the Taoiseach, to discuss allowing people to return to Mass, under level 3 Covid restrictions.
Religious services have moved online under the current restrictions.
In a letter to the Taoiseach, the Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary, Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin and Archbishop of Cashel and Emly Kieran O'Reilly have expressed concern about the impact the restrictions are having on the church.
They say while they fully support the guidance of the public health authorities, they wish to "engage constructively with the civil authorities" to ensure that people can continue to gather for mass and the sacraments.
The Archbishops have requested a meeting with Micheál Martin in the coming days.
The issue was also raised in the Seanad yesterday by Galway-based Senator Ronán Mullen, who claimed the level 3 restrictions were unfairly harsh on religious services.