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17th Mar 2022

Taoiseach tests positive for Covid in Washington DC ahead of St Patrick’s Day

It’s understood that Mr. Martin is self-isolating and feeling well.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has tested positive for Covid-19.

He is currently in Washington DC for St Patrick’s Day celebrations.

He will now no longer be able to meet with US president Joe Biden in person on Thursday as part of the traditional shamrock ceremony at The Whitehouse.

It’s been suggested that the event may take place virtually, but nothing has been confirmed.

The news was revealed at the Ireland Funds Gala dinner in Washington DC on Wednesday evening, where the Taoiseach had been due to accept an award.

Irish Ambassador Dan Mulhall took to the stage instead and explained to guests that the Mr. Martin had unfortunately tested positive for Covid-19.

“I know you will all join with me in wishing the Taoiseach a speedy recovery,” he told the audience.

Mr. Martin had attended the event and was welcomed by Joe Biden and Speaker of The United States House of Representative Nancy Pelosi, but left as soon as he found out he had tested positive on a PCR.

Officials accompanying him on his visit to the US said that the White House have confirmed Joe Biden is not a close contact.

He is now said to be feeling well despite his positive test. He will likely have to remain in Washington DC and self-isolate as per Covid guidelines.

It now casts doubt on whether he can return to Ireland before Sunday, where he had planned to attend a National Day of Remembrance to commemorate all those who died during the Covid-19 pandemic.

On St Patricks Day 2021, Mr. Martin had been forced to meet with the US president virtually due to the Covid. Both men said they had been looking forward to meeting in-person this year.

In a speech on Wednesday, the Taoiseach had said he was “concerned” over the recent growth in Covid numbers in Ireland.

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