The new legislation outlawing public Masses is merely a temporary measure, according to Roscommon-based Senator Eugene Murphy.
The Fianna Fail Senator says he's confident that there will be a positive announcement in the coming weeks in relation to churches reopening for religious services, if the number of Covid-19 cases continues to decrease.
Archbishop Eamon Martin met with the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly yesterday, where he raised serious concerns over the new statutory instrument.
Minister Donnelly stressed that the legislation was not intended to single out religious worship, but was aimed at regulating indoor and outdoor gatherings that might pose a risk.
The Minister said consideration would be given by Government to early reopening of public worship in accordance with public health advice in the coming weeks.
Senator Eugene Murphy says he understands the anger and frustration of people at what they perceive as an outlawing of public Mass, but says this is just a temporary measure.
However, he told Midwest News that, in relation to communications, this matter could have been handled better...