The Mayo-based Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring will be travelling to Boston next week for the St Patrick's Day celebrations.

However, Ministers travelling abroad this year as part of the scaled-back St Patrick's Day visits have been banned from flying first class, hiring limousines or booking hotel suites.

The cutbacks were announced as talks continue here on forming a new Government, and amid fears of the spread of Coronavirus.

In total,  Cabinet Ministers will travel to 10 locations, mostly in the US, for the annual St Patrick's Day celebrations.

Acting Taoiseach Leo Varadkar along with eight ministers will represent Ireland abroad for the national holiday.

Mr Varadkar will lead a mission that will include the annual bilateral meeting with US president Donald Trump in the White House.

Tánaiste Simon Coveney, who's set to travel to New York, has ordered that costs for trips this year, including flights and hotels, be kept to a minimum.

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