Catholic archbishops seek legal advice over ban on attending religious services

Ireland’s Catholic archbishops are taking legal advice over the Health Minister’s move to ban public masses and other religious services in church.

Stephen Donnelly signed the law making them a criminal offence last week.

Bishop of Elphin, Kevin Doran described the move, coming so late into restrictions, as ‘offensive’.

The Primate of All-Ireland, Eamon Martin says the measure was introduced without notice or consultation, and is a breach of trust.

Bishop Kevin Doran, speaking during Mass from Sligo Cathedral this morning, says people didn’t need to be told as they have been staying away throughout the pandemic.