Government announces scaled-back programme of St Patrick's Day ministerial trips

The Government has announced its travel plans for St Patrick's Day with a severely scaled-back programme of ministerial trips.

Only ten of Ireland's 30 ministers will travel - compared to 27 last year.

Enda Kenny has already announced a shortened trip to Washington DC, given his new role as caretaker Taoiseach.

He will now only have one day of events, with Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan replacing him for the second day.

Three other ministers are also travelling to the USA, with four others staying within Europe - including Tánaiste Joan Burton who will visit Italy.

Brendan Howlin gets the only other long-haul journey, with a trip to India.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has said the travel programme will focus on trade, investment and tourism promotion.

Given the political vacuum, two-thirds of our 30 ministers will be staying at home - including all the ministers who lost their seats in the General Election two weeks ago.


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