So RTÉ have the list of
visits junkets for St. Patricks Day. Because of cut backs, some Ministers have to visit two or even three places. Don’t you feel so sorry for them. This of course does not include Local Councillors heading off for it. Here is the full list.
Taoiseach (Brian Cowen) and Minister for Foreign Affairs (Micheal Martin) – New York and Washington D.C.
Minister for Finance (Brian Lenihan) – London
Minister for Agriculture and Food (Brendan Smith) – Munich, Berlin & Dusseldorf
Minister for Transport (Noel Dempsey) – Toronto
Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Eamon Ryan) – San Francisco and New York
Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Éamon Ó Cuív) – Sydney, Brisbane & Melbourne
Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism (Martin Cullen) – Houston
Minister for Social and Family Affairs (Mary Hanafin) – Philadelphia and Atlanta
Attorney General (Paul Gallagher) – Seattle
Minister of State Pat Carey (Chief Whip, Defence, special responsibility for Active Citizenship) – Boston
Minister of State Barry Andrews (Health and Children) – Mumbai and New Delhi
Minister of State Trevor Sargent (Agriculture, Fisheries and Food) – Paris
Minister of State Jimmy Devins (Education and Science, Enterprise, Trade and Employment) – Chicago
Minister of State Peter Power (Foreign Affairs) – Birmingham
Minister of State John McGuinness (Enterprise, Trade and Employment) – Edinburgh and Glasgow
Minister of State Billy Kelleher (Enterprise, Trade and Employment) – Rome and Milan
I hope to find out what local reps are off for St. Patricks Day Junkets as well.