19 Minister will travel to 21 countries

An Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and Minister Richard Bruton announced international ministerial trips by Irish ministers this St. Patrick's Day. These trips are mainly made up of trade missions around the world as the world turns green for St. Patrick's Day (March 17th).

Eamon Gilmore will travel to Atlanta, Georgia in the United States of America. 'Invest in Ireland' will see An Tánaiste meet with over 20 IDA target companies. Then he will travel to New Orleans and Washington D.C. for meetings with President Obama and US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Minister Richard Bruton will travel to the cities of Munich, Cologne and Dusseldorf on his Germany trip. He will be part of a trade delegation consisting of the IDA, Enterprise Ireland and Bord Bia.

The table below outlines each minister and their trips.

Destination Minister Department
Washington, Atlanta, New Orleans Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore Foreign Affairs
New York & Pittsburgh Minister Pat Rabbitte Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
Boston Minister Phil Hogan Environment, Community and Local Government
Chicago Minister Joan Burton Social Protection
Newark Minister of State Alan Kelly Transport, Tourism and Sport
Canada Minister Jimmy Deenihan Art, Culture and An Gealteach
London, Birmingham Minister James Reilly Health
Glasgow, Edinburgh MoS John Perry Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
Germany Minister Richard Bruton Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
France Attorney General Máire Whelan Attorny General's Office
Belgium, Luxembourg MoS Brian Hayes Public Expenditure and Reform
Italy MoS Michael Ring Transport, Tourism and Sport
China Minister Ruairí Quinn Education and Skills
Japan, Korea Minister Leo Varadkar Transport, Tourism and Sport
India Minister Frances Fitzgerald Children and Youth Affairs
Singapore, Indonesia and Philippines Minister Brendan Howlin Public Expenditure and Reform
Lebanon, Israel and Palestine Minister Alan Shatter Justice, Defence and Equality
Saudi Arabia MoS Jan O’Sullivan Health
Australia, New Zealand MoS Paul Kehoe Cheif Whip/Defence