Noonan left in charge as 20 ministers head off around world for St Patrick’s Day
UP to 20 Government ministers will head off across the world for St Patrick's Day - but Finance Minister Michael Noonan will be staying at home to mind the country.
The Government has finally confirmed the list of destinations for annual departures.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore will both be in the United States, along with four other ministers heading stateside.
Here's the full list of destinations:
New York, Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Washington, Atlanta, New Orleans Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore
New York and Pittsburgh Minister Pat Rabbitte
Boston Minister Phil Hogan
Chicago Minister Joan Burton
Newark Minister of State Alan Kelly
Canada Minister Jimmy Deenihan
London, Birmingham Minister James Reilly
Glasgow, Edinburgh Minister John Perry
Germany Minister Richard Bruton
France Attorney General Máire Whelan
Belgium, Luxembourg Minister Brian Hayes
Italy Minister Michael Ring
China Minister Ruairí Quinn
Japan, Korea Minister Leo Varadkar
India Minister Frances Fitzgerald
Singapore, Indonesia and Philippines Minister Brendan Howlin
Lebanon, Israel and Palestine Minister Alan Shatter
Saudi Arabia Minister Jan O’Sullivan