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Brides to march on Dail as Government to increase wedding guest limit

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27th July 2021

The Cabinet is expected to sign off on a proposal to increase the number of guests allowed at weddings when it meets on Tuesday – as hundreds of brides march on the Dáil.Micheal Martin wearing a suit and tie© Provided by Extra.ie

In what is sure to be a striking spectacle, around 200 brides-to-be in wedding dresses will march on Leinster House in protest at the current Government cap of 50 guests at weddings.

The likely U-turn comes as Taoiseach Micheál Martin on Monday night issued a warning to young people to get their Covid-19 jabs in a bid to make sure schools can reopen safely.Micheal Martin wearing a suit and tie: The Cabinet is expected to sign off on a proposal to increase the number of guests allowed at weddings when it meets on Tuesday. Pic: Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos© Provided by Extra.ie The Cabinet is expected to sign off on a proposal to increase the number of guests allowed at weddings when it meets on Tuesday. Pic: Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos

But the sight of dozens of brides at the Dáil gates is sure to garner plenty of public attention, which, it is thought, may have prompted swifter Government action on wedding guest limits.

Frustrated couples across the country have been forced to endure an anxious wait on whether the number of permitted guests can increase to 100 from August 5, as had been anticipated under plans for the wider reopening of society.

Hoteliers have been calling on the Government to make a clear announcement on wedding guest numbers this week. But speaking during a visit to Galway last Friday, a cagey Leo Varadkar was asked if the Digital Covid Cert system could be extended to allow larger numbers at weddings where all guests are fully vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19.a person wearing a wedding dress: In what is sure to be a striking spectacle, around 200 brides-to-be in wedding dresses will march on Leinster House in protest at the current Government cap of 50 guests at weddings. Pic: Getty Images© Provided by Extra.ie In what is sure to be a striking spectacle, around 200 brides-to-be in wedding dresses will march on Leinster House in protest at the current Government cap of 50 guests at weddings. Pic: Getty Images 

In response, the Tánaiste said: ‘It’s something we’d have to really think through. It’s something that we will give some consideration to and obviously see what the Deputy CMO [Dr Ronan Glynn] and CMO [Dr Tony Holohan] have to say.

‘I suppose the difficulty in applying that immunity pass-related system to weddings would be around children attending and then people potentially having to disengage people who aren’t vaccinated or not fully vaccinated. I think that’d be really difficult.’

The three Coalition leaders – Mr Varadkar, Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan – met on Monday night and agreed to discuss raising the guest limit when Cabinet meets on Tuesday. A Government spokesman said that ‘clarity will be provided on the numbers who can attend weddings’ after the Cabinet meeting.a person wearing a wedding cake: The sight of dozens of brides at the Dáil gates is sure to garner plenty of public attention. Pic: Getty Images© Provided by Extra.ie The sight of dozens of brides at the Dáil gates is sure to garner plenty of public attention. Pic: Getty Images

It is not yet known whether the Government will extend the Digital Covid Cert system to allow increased numbers at weddings. Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) president Elaina Fitzgerald Kane said: ‘Public health remains our number one priority and we recognise the difficult balance the Government has to achieve.

‘We are asking the Government to bear in mind that most wedding guests have been vaccinated, while the weddings are being hosted in spacious ballrooms, many of which offer in excess of current social distancing requirements.

‘Wedding couples, many of whom have rescheduled their wedding plans a number of times, find themselves less than two weeks before their wedding with their plans in jeopardy again.’ She added: ‘Over the past few days, hotels and wedding venues across the country have been inundated with calls from wedding couples asking if they need to uninvite 50 of their guests.a bouquet of flowers in a vase on a table: It is not yet known whether the Government will extend the Digital Covid Cert system to allow increased numbers at weddings. Pic: Getty Images© Provided by Extra.ie It is not yet known whether the Government will extend the Digital Covid Cert system to allow increased numbers at weddings. Pic: Getty Images

‘It is important to them and to their guests to have clarity on what is permitted.’ The IHF insisted that wedding venues are ‘controlled settings with clear processes in place in terms of seating pods and contact tracing’.

‘Everyone wants to make these days extra special for couples, given the upset and uncertainty many have faced in planning their special day [since Covid arrived],’ Ms Fitzgerald Kane added.

Irish Wedding Association president Tara Fay has said that couples were ‘hugely upset’ by the Tánaiste’s remarks last week that the number of people allowed to attend weddings next month is unlikely to increase to 100. Ms Fay said the wedding industry has not been given any update and it would be better if the Government would say that ‘this is not happening’, rather than leaving couples in the lurch and unable to plan with certainty.

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