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Events Industry calls for 100% capacity reopening following Varadkar’s attendance at UK festival

The Events Industry in Ireland has called on the Irish Government to accelerate reopening plans for the sector after Leo Varadkar was pictured at UK festival.

An image went viral on social media purporting to show the Tánaiste at the Mighty Hoopla event at Brockwell Park in London.

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The Event Industry Alliance (EIA) in Ireland issued a statement on Monday morning, saying they are “glad to see An Tánaiste recognises and trusts the safety measures put in place by our UK colleagues”.

The EIA added that it requires 100% capacity in order for the affected industry to remain financially viable.

“It has been repeatedly stated and acknowledged by An Taoiseach and the Tánaiste that the commercial event sector requires 100% capacity to be viable,” the statement read.

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“It must be noted that the commercial events sector does not receive any public funding, unlike the arts/non-commercial event sector who receive €130m annually.”

“No explanation or supporting data has been given to our industry for continuing to keep us closed or at reduced capacity until 22 October, at which time we will be closed for 19 months,” the statement continued.

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