Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe  at the launch of the St Patrick’s Festival 2016 with festival parade characters, Ciara Withington (6) and James MacDougald (8) in Merrion Sq, Dublin.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Organisers of this year’s St Patrick Festival have said that the four day city-wide event will go ahead despite the scheduled Luas strike on March 17(...)