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Find Out Where Midlands Ministers Are Travelling To For St. Patrick's Day Celebrations

India, Lebanon and South Korea are among the countries included.

Ministerial visits abroad for St Patrick's Day are resuming this year.

Only a small number took place in 2020, while no visits took place last year because of the pandemic.

The government is planning 33 high level visits next month.

Taoiseach Michael Martin will travel to Washington and London, while the Tánaiste will head to South America.

Leo Varadkar will visit Columbia and Chile. Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan will be in New York.

 

Here's a full list of where the cabinet are going, local TDs highlighted:

Taoiseach - London, UK; Washington D.C, USA

Tánaiste - Colombia; Chile

Minister Eamon Ryan - New York, USA

Minister Paschal Donohoe - The Netherlands; London, UK

Minister Michael McGrath - San Francisco, USA; Vancouver, Canada

Minister Catherine Martin - Argentina

Minister Darragh O’Brien - UAE (Expo)

Minister Norma Foley - Boston, USA

Minister Roderic O’Gorman - New York, USA; Philadelphia, USA

Minister Simon Harris - France

Minister Helen McEntee - Savannah, USA

Minister Stephen Donnelly - Austin, USA

Minister Charlie McConalogue - Canada

Minister of State Lisa Chambers - L.A., USA

Minister of State Pippa Hackett - Greece

Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton - Australia; New Zealand

Minister of State Thomas Byrne - Italy

Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan - Chicago, USA

Minister of State Niamh Smyth - Spain; Portugal

Minister of State Josepha Madigan - Slovenia

Minister of State Martin Heydon - Lebanon

Minister of State Anne Rabbitte - Romania

Minister of State Colm Brophy - Mexico

Minister of State O’Brien Finland

Minister of State Peter Burke - Japan; South Korea

Minister of State Robert Troy - India

Minister of State Damien English - Sweden

Minister of State Mary Butler - Belgium

Minister of State Frank Feighan - Poland

Minister of State Niall Collins - Croatia

Minister of State Sean Fleming - North of England; Scotland, UK

Minister of State James Browne - Czech Republic

Attorney General - Washington D.C., USA

Minister Simon Coveney - Minister on call/Engagements on island of Ireland

Minister Heather Humphreys - no travel

Minister of State Malcolm Noonan - no travel


A former minister is defending the government, saying the cynicism around the overseas visits for St. Patrick's Day is misplaced. 

Pat Rabbitte says while the cynicism is inevitable, the St. Patrick's day visits are a unique opportunity for Ireland:

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