Two members of Laois County Council are calling for the Electric Picnic music festival to be cancelled this year amid Covid-19 concerns.

The event, which usually takes place in early September, is due to take place from 24 to 26 September this year.

Yesterday the Managing Director of Festival Republic, which runs the Electric Picnic, said the festival in Stradbally, Co Laois, will go ahead this year.

Melvin Benn said he is "100% fully expecting the Electric Picnic to be going ahead on the basis (that) 100% nobody has told me I won't be able to".

Current guidelines on organised outdoor events state that a limit of 500 people is in place for venues with capacity greater than 5,000.

Last week, MCD Productions and Festival Republic wrote to the Taoiseach, Arts Minister Catherine Martin and other members of the Government with proposals of how events including Electric Picnic could go ahead later this year.

The letter, seen by RTÉ, proposes that Electric Picnic goes ahead in September with enhanced safety protocols.

Mr Benn expects that 70,000 people will attend provided they have been fully vaccinated or are immune, having recovered from Covid-19 in the past six months.

However, two members of Laois County Council have said they do not want the event to go ahead this year.

Speaking on RTÉ's Drivetime programme, Fianna Fáil's Paschal McEvoy described the proposed hosting of the festival as "madness".

"It is too many, too soon," the Stradbally resident said, adding there was "an awful lot of uncertainty around Covid".

Cllr McEvoy claimed that "90% of locals are totally opposed" to the event going ahead.

"They're not one bit happy. There has been absolutely no consultation with anyone in the town or surrounding areas in relation to this festival going ahead," he said.

Fine Gael's Aisling Moran said it would be "very irresponsible" to host the expected number of 70,000 attendees.

"When you go into a concert and be singing, and you introduce alcohol into it, everybody is hugging each other. I can't wait for it to come back next year, but I just think this year it is not safe," she said.

The organisers of the festival have today published a list of "12 Reasons Why Electric Picnic Should Go Ahead".

The list states the event "will be restricted to individuals who are fully vaccinated 14 days prior to event" and there "will be no entry permitted to those who are not fully vaccinated."

The organisers also said that "3 million adults will be double vaccinated by early September, according to the HSE".