Paddy’s Day Junkets

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.

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Dont wear a red nose near westminister!!

I started clicking on the new Lib Dem buttons and came across this by Tim Ireland How to avoid arrest on Red Nose Day. Its probably also true that on March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day, should you wear the shamrock you could also be arrested under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005, its crazy!! Britain repeal this crazy piece of legislation!!

NY gay council leader to march in Dublin parade

Via Breakingnews

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn plans to march in Dublin’s St Patrick’s Day parade this year, again snubbing the American parade because of its organisers’ refusal to allow gay and lesbian groups to march.

Quinn, an Irish-American who is the city’s first openly gay council speaker, is heading to the Dublin parade at the personal invitation of officials there.

She is expected to be joined by other members of the New York City Council, as well as the Lord Mayor of Dublin, the speaker of the Lower House of the Dáil, and Dublin City Council members.

“My participation in Dublin’s parade is also an opportunity to march openly as a member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community, something we have not been able to do in New York City,” Quinn said in a statement today. “I hope my participation in the Dublin march will send a message about the importance of inclusion.”

The New York City parade is organised by the Ancient Order of Hibernians, who have denied permission for gays and lesbians to march under their own banner since 1991. The group has said it does not want to politicise the event.

Quinn tried to broker a deal with the group last year after taking office as speaker in January. But it did not work, so she boycotted the event as she had in her previous years as a council member.

During her trip, Quinn also expects to speak about the need for “a lasting peace in Northern Ireland”, her office said.

The Conference for American Ireland Relations will be footing the bill for the New York council trip to Ireland, according to Quinn’s office.