Dublin St Patrick’s Day parade called off due to Coronavirus

The Dublin St Patrick’s Day parade is to be called off after a meeting of the cabinet sub-committee on the Coronavirus.

Opposition leaders are being briefed this afternoon on the state of play when it comes to managing the virus.

Employers groups will also be briefed later on sick pay for those who are forced to self-isolate because of COVID-19.

The Taoiseach has also cut short his annual trip to the US to stay in Ireland tomorrow before traveling to the White House on Wednesday.

Cork’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade has also been cancelled over coronavirus concerns.

The City Council made the decision based on the demographic of those expected to attend and how close they would have to stand together.

It says it can’t follow WHO guidelines for mass gatherings, which recommend minimising crowding and providing handwashing facilities.