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Protests set to take place in Dublin over wedding restrictions

In protest of wedding attendance restrictions, brides wearing wedding dresses will be taking to the streets of Dublin today.

The demonstrators will be calling for an increased capacity at weddings to 100 people from August.

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The protests will be taking place at the same time as today’s Cabinet meeting where subjects such as wedding capacity will be discussed.

With couples left anxious over waiting for information on the number of guests being allowed at weddings, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar stated that people should operate on the basis that a maximum of 50 guests would be allowed.

The demonstrators will gather outside the Department of Health on Baggot Street at 12 midday and then move to the Department of the Taoiseach at Government Buildings on Merrion Street upper.

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The protests are being organised by the Wedding International Professionals Association (WIPA), who have devised their own guidelines in terms of health and safety, with over 50 recommendations on wedding safety.

WIPA President Tara Fay stated, “Our guidelines go far beyond the Government recommendations in order to kickstart the wedding sector in Ireland,”.

Fay added that the government had initially announced that weddings will be able to have 100 people in attendance but have now backtracked on their original statement.

The Cabinet meeting, which is being held today, will be discussing how many people can attend weddings and if vaccine passes might be used.

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