‘Not clear’ why rise in funeral attendance limit delayed, says archbishop

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin has welcomed the forthcoming increase in allowable number of funeral attendees but said he did not understand why it has been delayed for a month.

Measures set out by Government on Tuesday included that from April 26th, funeral Mass attendance can rise from 10 to 25 people “on compassionate grounds”.

In his Chrism Mass homily at the Pro Cathedral on Wednesday, Archbishop Dermot Farrell said everyone understood the “worrying context” in which the decision on a slow return to worship was taken.

“I welcome the announcement of the increase in the number of family members who can attend the funeral Mass of their loved one, although it is not clear why this measure has been delayed for one month.”

The archbishop also said he would continue to emphasise to Government the importance of the earliest possible return to public worship “and that the easing of restrictions must not be subordinated to powerful commercial interests. There will be further direct engagement with Government to ensure that specific positive consideration is given to public worship by the end of April.”