Thousands of Irish citizens stranded in Spain, where Covid-19 maintains a grip, will be offered mercy flights home.
The holidaymakers and residents there will be offered flights in the coming days as the tourist hotspot struggles with 2,000 new cases of the virus and around 150 deaths.
It comes as all pubs across Ireland shut down until March 29 to try and slow the spread of the virus, which struck a record 40 more victims yesterday, bringing the toll to 169, including two tragic deaths.
Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan appealed for people not to organise St Patrick’s Day parties tomorrow in their homes or in any other venues.
“It will put lives at risk,” he warned.