St Patrick’s Day 2022: Full list of destinations for 33 Government ministers’ trips

Government ministers are returning to travelling across the globe to represent and promote Ireland on St Patrick’s Day, with 33 ministers to travel abroad to destinations like Colombia.

Due to Covid-19, in-person ministerial-level visits were possible only in a very limited way in 2020 and not at all in 2021.

But this year’s St. Patrick’s Day programme will see a promotional programme of 33 high level visits abroad which will take place in line with local Covid-19 public health guidelines.

Taoiseach Micheal Martin is set to travel to Washington to meet President Joe Biden.

The trips are funded by the taxpayer.

The US President and Taoiseach got on famously last night,

Here is the list of destinations:

Taoiseach Micheal Martin London, UK; Washington D.C, USA

TánaisteLeo Varadkar 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 Simon Coveney – Engagements on island of Ireland

Minister Norma Foley; Boston, USA

Minister Heather Humphreys; – No travel

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 Ossian 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 Joe O’Brien; Finland

Minister of State Peter Burke; Japan; South Korea

Minister of State Malcolm Noonan; – No travel

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

In a statement, the Government said the central message of this year’s St Patrick’s Day is that Ireland is reopening, and the international programme will focus on the theme of Rebuilding Connections & Supporting Communities across the globe.

The hugely successful ‘Global Greening’ initiative will continue this year, with over 600 iconic landmark buildings around the world planned to be lit up green to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

The Government has said the objectives for the St Patrick’s Day 2022 programme include reconnecting and strengthen relationships with key political leaders, business leaders, decision makers, influencers and stakeholders across the world.

Celebrating the country’s contemporary and traditional arts, culture and heritage.

And enhancing international understanding of Ireland as a great place to live, visit, work, invest, trade with, and study.






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