Coronavirus – Covid 19
Irish Independent: “No one knows where and when it will end and how many people will die. This is the terrifying reality confronting us all now.
It relegated the annual St Patrick’s Day celebrations by Irish-American politicians and business leaders to a mere footnote.
Mr Varadkar’s visit was cut to 24 hours of events in Washington which themselves were overshadowed by the crisis as it unfolded.
Elsewhere, Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan cancelled a trip to Germany this weekend and Culture Minister Josepha Madigan will not travel to London. “The virus takes precedence over everything,” said one Cabinet minister. It will be like that for a long time to come.”