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Merrion-gate Joke poster for 'Electorate Picnic’ gig satirising politicians' gaffes goes viral

It states: 'Capacity limited to 50..or maybe 200..or more'

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The poster for the fake 'Electorate Picnic'

The poster for the fake 'Electorate Picnic'

The poster for the fake 'Electorate Picnic'

This hilarious poster for a fake gig satirising the Katherine Zappone and Danny Healy-Rae’s gathering  gaffes during the week has been doing the rounds on Twitter. 

The line-up for ‘Electorate Picnic’ on the ‘Main Stage' of the Merrion Hotel features acts such as ‘The Zappones’, Leo V, Danny and the Climateers’ and Eamon Ryan (Fully Awake).

The jokey references are to Zappone’s large social event outdoors at Dublin’s Merrion Hotel which Varadkar attended and the video that went viral showing apparent breaches of Covid-19 regulations at a bar owned by Danny Healy-Rae.

The line-up for the “gig” also features Phil Hogan, The XX Ministers: Cowen and Calleary, Underground Mass, The Vaccines, Healy Rae Cyrus, The Coronas and Noel Grealish's Putting Challenge.

It states: “Capacity limited to 50..or maybe 200..or more"

It also comes with the proviso that it is ‘Subject to License (No problems there) with a cheeky winking face emoji.

This week, the organisers of Electric Picnic said they, “together with all the fans”, were extremely disappointed that Laois County Council have refused a licence for this year’s festival.

The music festival had been due to take place from September 24 to 26 at Stradbally Hall Estate.

The council said the decision was made following the “most up-to-date” health advice from the HSE.

Covid-19 rules currently limit numbers at the majority of organised outdoor events to 500 at venues with capacity in excess of 5,000.

While a number of test events have been staged, Ireland’s live music and entertainment sector remains effectively closed down due to coronavirus regulations.

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The organisers said the decision had been made, “despite our proposal that everyone attending the event, including ticket holders, staff and artists, would have to be fully vaccinated and registered in advance for Department of Health contact tracing”.

Meanwhile, outspoken Independent TD Danny Healy-Rae, who has been highly critical of the Government's indoor dining policy, has not yet publicly commented on the gathering at his pub in Kilgarvan

It comes after separate footage emerged showing apparent breaches of Covid-19 regulations at the bar

It showed people inside the premises without face masks and not socially distant while some were dancing on tables.

In the footage, first revealed by Radio Kerry's current affairs programme Kerry Today, punters are also seen on each other's shoulders while one woman appears to be dancing with Danny Healy-Rae outside the bar.

It is unclear when the sequence of short videos was taken, but it is believed to have been in recent weeks.

And last night, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said the controversial bash in the Merrion Hotel “probably” wasn’t in breach of any guidelines after he apologised for attending the event.

He admitted that he “probably” let his guard down with regards to the party, which saw 50 people including himself attend a private party in the Merrion Hotel organised by Katherine Zappone before her UN envoy nomination

The event didn’t break Covid regulations, according to the Attorney General, but there has been a question mark over whether it broke industry guidelines

“I want to express my regret at the fact I attended that event and that it’s led to this controversy,” he said on RTÉ News yesterday evening.

"And I want to say sorry to the hospitality industry in particular, they’re struggling to get open again and it doesn’t help them that the guidelines are changing and are unclear at time, and to any members of the public who are confused about what the rules are

"But I do want to say very clearly that the event was not in breach of the Government regulations in place at the time which allow for outdoor gatherings of over 200, and probably wasn’t in breach of the Fáilte Ireland guidelines either.”

This comes as new guidelines for the hospitality industry have been launched which allow 200 people to gather at an outdoor event with live music.

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