By Sharon Dolan D’Arcy
Sinn Féin party leader Mary Lou McDonald has cancelled her party’s planned meeting in Galway this Friday due to the COVID-19 virus in her children’s school in Dublin.
In a statement on Twitter this afternoon, she said:
“Home with the kids after a confirmed case of the coronavirus at their school. I’m postponing meetings in Cavan and Galway as I’d like to stay close to home. Stick to the medical advice, wash your hands with soapy water. Stay safe.”
A case of the COVID-19 virus was confirmed in Dublin over the weekend. It later emerged that the patient is a male secondary school student who had returned from a school tour to northern Italy.
The HSE and Department of Health will not confirm the name of the affected school despite it being named on several social media sites.
The Sinn Féin leader along with senior party members, Pearse Doherty and Eoin O’ Broin, were due to join local representatives at the Galway Bay Hotel in Salthill this Friday night for a public rally.
Thousands of party supporters have already attended party rallies in Cork and Dublin in recent weeks.