From The Journal.ie
ALL ST PATRICK’S Day parades in Ireland are to be cancelled in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.
The decision was taken at a cabinet sub-committee this afternoon.
It follows the advice of public health officials.
Earlier, Cork and Sligo also cancelled their St Patrick’s Day parades. Various smaller towns had also already called off their festivities.
It emerged earlier this afternoon that the government was planning to cancel the Dublin parade.
Sources have since said that parades all over the country are to be called off on public health grounds.
The Taoiseach and other ministers are due to brief reporters at Government Buildings to give further detail on the announcement and on other measures being taken as part of Ireland’s response to Covid-19.
The decision comes just three days after Leo Varadkar announced there was “no recommendation to cancel mass gatherings at this stage” amid global concerns about the coronavirus.
Earlier today it was announced the Taoiseach would cut short the traditional St Patrick’s trip to the US in order to deal with the evolving situation.
Meanwhile, the Covid-19 virus has caused the cancellation of the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Paris.