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Sunday 20 April 2014

St Patrick's Day trips unveiled by government Taoiseach gets the US, Reilly goes to Boston and Cleveland

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 17:  Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny (L) shakes hands with firefighter Enda McAlleer of Ireland at the annual St. Patrick's Day parade on March 17, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Kenny was a guest of honor in the parade which honors the patron saint of Ireland.  (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 17, 2012: Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny (L) shakes hands with firefighter Enda McAlleer of Ireland at the annual St. Patrick's Day parade on March 17, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

THE Government has released details of the travel arrangements of 28 ministers representing Ireland abroad on St Patrick's Day.

Ministers will take part in over 100 business events and political engagements in some 24 different countries next month.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will lead the trade missions when he visits New York, Washington and Boston. Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore meanwhile will travel to France for the celebrations.

Finance Minister Michael Noonan is scheduled to travel to Canada, while Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin will visit China.

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney will clock up the most air miles when he visits New Zealand and Eastern Australia.

According to the itinerary plans, Environment Minister Phil Hogan will travel to the United Arab Emirates, Health Minister James Reilly will represent the government in Boston and Cleveland and Children's Minister Frances Fitzgerald will go to Korea and Japan.

As well as the St Patrick's Day trips, Enterprise Ireland today announced details of 118 trade events for 2014.

Launching the St Patrick's Day programme, Mr Gilmore said ministers will be emphasising that 2014 is the year for Ireland's recovery.

"Now that we have exited the EU/IMF bailout and made a successful return to the bond markets, it is more important than ever that we leverage the opportunity presented by the St Patrick's Day period to further boost trade, tourism and inward-investment with a view to creating more jobs at home."

Junior Finance Minister Brian Hayes, Education Minister Ruairi Quinn and Minister for State at the Department of Foreign Affairs Joe Costello are due to remain at home.

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