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In full: Here's where our ministers are going for St Patrick’s Day

There are far fewer trips this year than before.

The Taoiseach will be going to Washington, but just for a day.
The Taoiseach will be going to Washington, but just for a day.
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THERE’S NO NEW government in place, but ten ministers including Taoiseach Enda Kenny are heading abroad for their annual St. Patrick’s day visits.

It was confirmed this morning that Kenny will be in the US for just one day and this year’s exodus is also much smaller than previous years.

Whereas last year there were 30 ministerial trips abroad for St. Patrick’s Day, this year there are only ten. In total, only six countries are being visited compared to 27 last year.

As outlined, Enda Kenny will be making the traditional trip to Washington where he will meet with US President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden.

Although, he’s officially resigned the position Kenny remains on as caretaker Taoiseach as do his ministers.

As such, Tánaiste Joan Burton will be heading to Rome. The two other Labour ministers are heading in different directions with Brendan Howlin going to India and Alan Kelly heading to the the US (Sacramento, San Francisco and San Diego).

There are visits to just three other EU countries with Frances Fitzgerald going to London, Richard Bruton going to Paris and Paschal Donohoe heading to Madrid.

The remaining three trips are also to the US with Charlie Flanagan going to New York and Washington DC, Heather Humphreys going to Boston with chief whip Paul Kehoe on a busy itinerary to Philadelphia, Albany, Trenton and Savannah.

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Rónán Duffy

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