Laois TD and Minister will make 15,000 km trip on St. Patrick's Day

Laois TD and Minister will travel to  Australia this St. Patrick's Day

Minister Flanagan, Archbishop Paul Gallagher,Holy See Secretary for Relations with States; Ireland's Ambassador to the Holy See, Emma Madigan, her husband, Mr Laurence Simms & Cormac.

Laois TD and Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan is set to travel down under to Australia this St. Patrick’s Day.

The trip will form part of the Promote Ireland programme of international events which will see An Taoiseach, Tánaiste and 35 Ministers taking part in over 100 business events and high-level political meetings in 35 countries.

Minister Flanagan's visit will focus on promoting Ireland's interests as Brexit unfolds particularly in terms of new trade opportunities according to a spokesperson for the Department of Justice and Equality. 

On his visit, the Laois TD will also promote inward investment to Ireland.

Irish people living in Australia can look forward to the 'extensive engagement' with the large Irish community. 

"Australia is, like Ireland, a Common Law jurisdiction, and Minister Flanagan will undertake engagements relevant to his current ministry.

"As Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Minister Flanagan was instrumental in building stronger links between Ireland and Australia. He had several bilateral meetings with the Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, and hosted her in Dublin February 2017," a spokesperson for the Department said.

The Laois TD had a four day St Patrick’s Day programme and Trade Mission in Milan and Rome last year. During this trip to Italy Minister Flanagan officially opened the new Irish Chancery to the Holy See.

In 2016, he marched in the St. Patrick's Day parade in New York and in 2015 he travelled to Toronto, Canada for St. Patrick's Day.

Minister for Mental Health and Older People, Jim Daly will also be heading down under to both Australia and New Zealand this year.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will visit The White House in Washington for the traditional St. Patrick’s Day meeting.

A total of 37 Ministers will take part in the programme to promote Ireland abroad with Transport Minister Shane Ross the only one staying on home soil for the Irish celebrations.

Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell TD will travel to UAE while Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Covney will visit China and Hong Kong.

Announcing the St. Patrick’s Day ‘Promote Ireland’ programme for 2018, the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney TD, said:

 “The St. Patrick’s Day period provides a unique opportunity to promote Ireland on the international stage, and to renew the strong bonds between Ireland, the global Irish abroad, and our partners around the world.   

 “This year, the Taoiseach, Tánaiste, Ministers and Ministers of State, and Chief Whip will undertake comprehensive programmes across countries in Europe, the Americas, the Pacific, Africa and the Middle East, in a truly global celebration of Ireland.  The Ceann Comhairle and Cathaoirleach of the Seanad will also participate in this year’s “Promoting Ireland” programme.

 “St. Patrick’s Day provides Ireland with an unparalleled opportunity to promote our political and economic interests abroad, as well as access to key political and business contacts in leading markets around world.  

 “This year’s St. Patrick’s Day programme will serve as a platform to launch the Global Footprint initiative as announced by the Taoiseach last August.  

"This will include high-level goals to double Ireland’s influence and impact to 2025 in terms of promoting our values and our interests, including our economic interests.  

"The initiative will reinforce Ireland’s economic progress, and promote Ireland as a leading centre of science and technology, R&D and international financial services, creativity, a competitive location for sourcing goods and investing, and an attractive destination for tourism and study.  

"It will also emphasise Ireland’s ambitious approach to international relations, and role as a global citizen.

“St. Patrick’s Day will likewise be an opportunity to reinforce key messages on Brexit, Northern Ireland, Ireland’s campaign to become a member of the UN Security Council in 2021-22and the Irish economy.

"Outreach by Ministers during this year’s programme will help build strategic alliances in the context of Phase II of Brexit and, looking forward, a post-Brexit European Union.

“We look forward once again in 2018 to the greening of iconic international landmarks around the globe in celebration of Ireland’s National Day, as part of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening Initiative," he said.

See a full list of Ministers and where they will travel to represent the country on St. Patrick’s Day below.

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar T.D.
China and Hong Kong
Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney T.D.
Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure & Reform, Paschal Donohoe T.D.
Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton T.D.
Minister for Justice and Equality Charles Flanagan T.D.
Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys T.D.
The Netherlands and Belgium
Minister for Health Simon Harris T.D.
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D.
Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten T.D.
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross T.D.
Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone T.D.
Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring T.D.
Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty T.D.
Korea and Japan
Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy T.D.
Norway and Sweden
Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan T.D.
Government Chief Whip Joe McHugh T.D.
UAE and Oman
Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D.
Lebanon and Cyprus
Minister for Defence, Paul Kehoe T.D.
Czech Republic
Minister for Disability Issues, Finian McGrath T.D.
Minister for Diaspora and Development, Ciaran Cannon T.D.
Minister for Housing and Urban Development Damian English T.D.
Minister for Equality, Immigration and Integration, David Stanton T.D.
Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection Pat Breen T.D.
Denmark and Finland
Minister for National Drugs Strategy & Health Promotion, Catherine Byrne T.D.
Minister for Food, Forestry and Horticulture, Andrew Doyle T.D.
Minister for Training, Skills, Innovation and Research and Development, John Halligan T.D.
Minister for Community, Natural Resources and Digital Development, Sean Kyne T.D.
Minister for Public Procurement, Open Government and eGovernment Patrick O’Donovan T.D.
Austria and Slovakia
Minister for European Affairs Helen McEntee T.D.
Minister for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, Kevin Boxer Moran T.D.
Minister for Local Government and Electoral Reform, John Paul Phelan T.D.
Australia & New Zealand
Minister for Mental Health and Older People, Jim Daly T.D.
Mexico & USA
Minister for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin T.D.
Minister for Financial Services and Insurance, Michael D’Arcy T.D.
Attorney General Seamus Wolfe SC
Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghail T.D.
Slovenia & Bosnia Herzegovina
Cathaoirleach of the Seanad, Senator Denis O’Donovan

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