There is “no logic” to regulations in the hospitality sector where a hotel can hold a wedding with up to 50 people but cannot host a funeral party for the same number the Dáil has been told.
Independent TD Mattie McGrath said there were “blatant contradictions” in the regulations.
He said a hotel “can hold a wedding reception for up to 50 people but may only host a party of six for any other important family event such as a christening, a birthday or, sadly, a bereavement.
“This is decimating their businesses. It is bizarre, illogical, devastating to the industry and dangerous for the very spirit of our community way of life”.
The Tipperary TD was speaking as he introduced a private member’s motion calling for the removal of the regulations.