Taoiseach will not travel to Washington for St Patrick’s Day

The Taoiseach will not be travelling to Washington for St Patrick's Day, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Officials are now looking to organise a virtual meeting between Micheál Martin and US president Joe Biden that day.

A government spokesman says a programme of online events are expected to replace the traditional visit to the US.

Higher Education Minister Simon Harris says it's the correct decision: