CORONAVIRUS

Calls for Kilkenny's St Patrick's Day parade to be cancelled

Cllr David Fitzgerald urges action 'in the interest of public health'

Sam Matthews

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KILKENNY

FILE: From the 2017 St Patrick's Day Parade in Kilkenny. FG Councillor David Fitzgerald has said the 2020 parade should be cancelled

A local councillor has called for the immediate cancellation of Kilkenny City's St Patrick's Day parade.

Fine Gael councillor David Fitzgerald says, despite the latest official statement from the HSE, the local parade and festival should not go ahead 'in the interest of public health'.

The official position remains that the Kilkenny parade will go ahead on March 17 from 1.30pm, with the theme of biodiversity.  Taoiseach Leo Varadkar earlier confirmed there will be no cancellation of mass gatherings.

Tonight, 22 cases of coronavirus have now been confirmed on the island of Ireland, with five more cases diagnosed since this morning.