Tuesday, 25 April 2006
Dáil Eireann Debate
641. Mr. Allen asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the details of his travels abroad for the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations; the people who travelled with him in their official party; the duration of the visit; and the cost. [14506/06]
Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. McDowell): I can confirm to the Deputy that I travelled to London to participate in the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations from 11 to 13 March 2006. I can assure the Deputy that I took full advantage of my trip to promote Ireland as an attractive tourism destination and to further strengthen the links with our emigrant community and promote business. My itinerary included attending the Mayor’s St. Patrick’s Day Dinner, attending the Council of Irish County Associations’ St. Patrick’s Day Mass, leading the St. Patrick’s Parade, visiting the St. Patrick’s Day festival exhibitions, a meeting with the British Lord Chancellor and a meeting with the British Home Secretary.
There were seven persons in total in the official party, which included myself and my spouse, the Secretary General of my Department, my programme delivery manager, press officer, private secretary and a senior official. The cost of the scheduled business flight was €1,915.50. The figures relating to the other costs incurred are not yet to hand.
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