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New law criminalises religious worship according to local Bishop

Apr 19, 2021 13:04 By Shannonside News
New law criminalises religious worship according to local Bishop New law criminalises religious worship according to local Bishop
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The new law could see people faced with fines or possible jail time if they attend events, including mass, as part of further measures in the fight against coronavirus.

A local Bishop has strongly criticised a new law introduced from the Department of Health over the criminalisation of certain types of indoor events or gatherings.

The new Covid-19 statutory instrument was signed by Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly last week and could see people receive a fine of €127 or up to 6 months in prison for attending specified events.

Events include anything other than a wedding reception, sporting event, training event, or funeral.

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The measure has been branded as draconian by Bishops across the country, with the Bishop of Elphin, Kevin Doran, claiming the law has criminalised mass and religious worship.

Speaking to the Joe Finnegan Show, Bishop Doran says the government is sending the wrong message to those who've sacrificed their faith for public safety over the past year:

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