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Electric shock EP organisers ask council to reverse decision after CMO says inoculated people could attend

"Change the decision Laois County Council and let’s have the Picnic. Tell us tomorrow and we are on our way."

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Elbow perform on the main stage of the Electric Picnic festival in Stradbally (PA)

Elbow perform on the main stage of the Electric Picnic festival in Stradbally (PA)

Elbow perform on the main stage of the Electric Picnic festival in Stradbally (PA)

Electric Picnic organisers have urged Laois County Council to "immediately" reverse their decision to refuse the licence for the festival to go ahead.

It comes as chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan said Nphet would not have a concern with such events going ahead for a fully vaccinated attendance.

Organiser Melvin Benn urged the council to "change the decision".

"Grant it immediately in line with the CMO’s conditions: that everyone attending should be vaccinated, exactly as we said a month ago," said organiser Melvin Benn.

"What a springboard to the future this could be. Change the decision Laois County Council and let’s have the Picnic. Tell us tomorrow and we are on our way."

Dr Tony Holohan has said only vaccinated people should be allowed to attend Croke Park for the All-Ireland final in the coming weeks.

Dr Holohan also said Nphet would not have any major concern about an outdoors event like Electric Picnic going ahead for fully vaccinated people.

“We’d like to see those events being confined to people who are vaccinated,” he told Independent.ie.

“That can be achieved in all sorts of ways - one of the ways that an individual can achieve that for yourself is if you’re not vaccinated, don’t be going to large events of this scale.

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“Because at this level of disease incidence, there’s a pretty good chance you’re going to run into somebody who’s got the disease,” Dr Holohan said.

“If your attendance at these events means, travelling on a train, going to a restaurant, going to the match - multiple opportunities over the course of your attendance that might, as an unvaccinated person, might represent risk to you.”

The GAA said that the advice that only vaccinated people attending large scale matches has not been communicated as "official policy" from Government.

"If it comes to pass, we will examine any changes accordingly as part of our normal pre-match planning," said a spokesperson.

Dr Holohan also said Nphet would not have an issue from a public health perspective if Electric Picnic, a festival of 70,000 people which takes place in Stradbally Co Laois, went ahead for fully vaccinated people.

“We wouldn’t have a concern from a public health point of view to express of an event that happened that was confined to fully vaccinated people.”

“We wouldn’t have a major concern to express from public health terms about that.”

He said Nphet would have been worried about the disease being passed on by fully vaccinated people to unvaccinated people earlier in the year, but added the chances of this happening are “small”.

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