For the next six weeks, a maximum of ten mourners may attend a funeral under the new Level 5 restrictions.
By comparison, 25 people can attend a wedding, which is an increase on the six people specified in the original plan for Level 5 published a month ago.
Why are the restrictions for weddings being eased, but not those for funerals?
At the news conference last night, Taoiseach Micheál Martin explained his approach to weddings by saying: "There's not too many left, to be frank."
For the few couples who haven’t cancelled or postponed, he added: "People have planned all year. We decided to allow them 25."
That sounds like a humane approach. But why not show the same consideration to funerals?
The Taoiseach was clearly aware of the scale of what was being asked of the public when he declared that "funerals are very, very difficult".
He clarified that the reason why funerals are to continue to be restricted is the need to limit the number of adults congregating.
Mr Martin explained: "In one location, you could have many funerals."
The thrust of Level 5 is to prevent people gathering in the same place at the same time.
There is an undeniable logic to ensuring funerals therefore do not create such a problem but would it not be preferable to issue an instruction to funeral directors, churches and crematoria that there must be a delay between one funeral ending and another starting?
On RTÉ's Claire Byrne Live last night, Professor Sam McConkey spoke eloquently about the difficulty of assisting patients who have a terminal illness and who would be allowed just one visitor, who must be dressed in full PPE.
He said this was the most difficult aspect of his work.
After the death of a loved-one, the pain for families will undoubtedly be compounded when they must decide who are the ten people to attend the funeral and which child, sibling, relative or friend cannot.
It seems like a problem that can be solved.
And this burdensome restriction remains while, at the same time, kids go to school, construction workers continue on the sites and weddings are celebrated.
Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen tweeted last night in support of increasing attendance at funerals.
Have contacted Taoiseach & Tánaiste asking that if 25 can celebrate a wedding, surely 25 rather than 10 can grieve at loved ones funeral. Hope it can be done.— Barry Cowen (@CowenBarry) October 19, 2020
Government TDs are going to hear a lot more about this, not just in the Dáil, but also when they return to their constituencies and meet the voters in their clinics.