Popular TV soap opera Fair City has fallen foul of the Covid-19 pandemic with the number of weekly episodes curtailed and production suspended.
RTÉ said the suspension of the popular TV soap was in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
RTÉ confirmed that filming and production of Fair City would cease with immediate effect and that the number of episodes would be cut back to two per week from next week.
This week’s episodes will be broadcast as planned on Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19, at 8pm.
Production, however, has been suspended with cast and crew staying away from the set until March 29.
A spokesperson for RTÉ said: “Fair City will move to two episodes a week from next week as production is postponed in line with HSE guidelines on Covid-19 until March 29. Broadcasting two episodes a week will mean that viewers can enjoy all the happenings in Carrigstown until mid-April.
“Next week’s schedule will be shortly announced. Thanks to our viewers for watching. We will endeavour to get back and running as soon as is possible.”
The BBC also confirmed on Thursday that
The number of EastEnders episodes screened will also be cut from four to two per week. The show will now only air episodes on Mondays and Tuesdays.
The national broadcaster said the decision was made after the latest government update.
Meanwhile, RTÉ have announced that they will air Mass every weekday during the Covid-19 emergency.
The state broadcaster will air the daily mass at 10.30am on RTÉ News Now.
The Masses will be celebrated at St Eunan’s and St Columba’s Cathedral, Letterkenny.
RTÉ said in a statement that: “Mass will be followed each day by a short religious message from representatives of Ireland’s other faith communities and Christian denominations.”
They said the broadcasts will continue at least until March 29, when current public health measures will be reviewed by the Government.
Roger Childs, RTÉ’s Head of Religious Content, commented: “We are aware that, either through self-isolation or Government restrictions, many people are unable to come together to worship at precisely the time when they feel most in need of community, comfort, encouragement and prayer.
“Facilitated by the web-streaming service churchservices.tv, the Bishop of Raphoe, Dr Alan McGuckian, and Cathedral Administrator, Monsignor Kevin Gillespie, have kindly agreed to celebrate a Mass every weekday morning, which RTÉ is very happy to share with viewers, as part of our commitment to public service during the current emergency.
“We want people of all faiths to know that RTÉ is with them in spirit.”