Kenny and seven ministers to jet Stateside for St Patrick's Day
TAOISEACH Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton, along with six ministers are jetting off to the US to represent the Government on the annual St Patrick’s Day international trade missions.
In total, 27 ministers are travelling to 21 countries worldwide where they are due to take place in more than 100 political and business meetings. Other ministers are travelling to China, Australia, New Zealand and India.
Tanaiste Joan Burton will visit Boston, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, while Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe will fly to San Francisco, Silicon Valley and San Jose.
Government Chief Whip Paul Kehoe will travel to Houston and Savannah, while Junior Minister Michael Ring will visit Phoenix and Los Angeles.
Junior Minister in the Department of the Environment Paudie Coffey will visit St Louis and Indianapolis.
Environment Minister Alan Kelly will visit China and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald will fly to Indonesia and Singapore.
Foreign Affair Minister Charlie Flanagan, who is travelling to New York and Canada, said the value of the St Patrick’s Day visits “cannot be overestimated”.
“The St Patrick’s Day period is perhaps the best showcase of ‘Team Ireland’ in operation abroad. Last year’s programme reached audiences of over 353,000 directly and 80m through media coverage, and assisted in securing €5m in new business for Irish exporters,” Minister Flanagan said.
Who's going where?
Tanaiste Joan Burton: Boston, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, USA
* Foreign Affair Minister, Charlie Flanagan: New York and Canada
* Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin: South Korea, Japan
* Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton: Paris
* Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys: London
* Justice Minister, Frances Fitzgerald: Indonesia and Singapore
* Transport Minister, Paschal Donohoe: San Francisco, Silicon Valley and San Jose, USA
* Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Alex White: New Zealand
* Environment Minister, Alan Kelly: China
* Education Minister, Jan O’Sullivan: Brazil
* Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Simon Coveney: Italy
* Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, James Reilly: UAE, India
* Health Minister, Leo Varadkar: Mexico
* Government Chief Whip, Paul Kehoe: Houston and Savannah, USA
Mos Michael Ring: Phoenix and Los Angeles, USA
MoS Seán Sherlock: Ethiopia
MoS Paudie Coffey: St Louis and Indianapolis, USA
MoS Ged Nash: Sweden
MoS Jimmy Deenihan: Chicago, Milwaukee, USA
MoS Tom Hayes: Australia
MoS Kathleen Lynch: Russia
MoS Joe McHugh: Scotland
MoS Kevin Humphreys: Croatia, Switzerland
MoS Simon Harris: Germany
MoS Dara Murphy: Belgium
MoS Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: Hungary
MoS Ann Phelan: The Netherlands
MoS Damien English: Denmark, Slovakia