Thursday, March 08, 2007

St Patrick banishes the snakes from Ireland

The Irish Government is about to become the annual Irish Government in Exile with the majority of the cabinet going on holidays, sorry taking a junket, sorry getting duty free, sorry "maximising opportunities for showcasing Ireland" for St Patricks Day.

In case you were thinking of taking a weekend break over the long weekend you may want to consider avoiding the following destinations
  • Taoiseach Bertie Ahern: Washington
  • Minister for Foreign Affairs Dermot Ahern: Washington
  • Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Michael McDowell: Savannah
  • Minister for Agriculture Mary Coughlan: New York
  • Minister for Finance Brian Cowen: Chicago
  • Minister for Transport Martin Cullen: San Francisco
  • Minister for Communications Noel Dempsey: Dallas and Houston
  • Minster for Education Mary Hanafin: Boston
  • Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Éamon Ó Cuív: Phoenix
  • Minister or State Patthe Cope Gallagher: Atlanta and Philadelphia
  • Minister for the Environment Dick Roche: Toronto,
  • Minister for Arts Sport and Tourism John O'Donoghue: London
  • Minister for Health Mary Harney: Norway, Sweden and Denmark
  • Minister for Social and Family Affairs Seamus Brennan: Italy and the Holy See
  • Government Chief Whip Tom Kitt: Warsaw
  • Minister of State Brendan Smith Manchester
  • Minister of State Seán Power: Birmingham
  • Minister of State Conor Lenihan: Edinburgh
  • Minister of State Mary Wallace: Vienna
  • Minister of State Brian Lenihan Paris
  • Minister of State Noel Ahern: Bucharest
  • Minister of State Seán Haughey: Moscow
  • Minister of State John Browne: Hong Kong, Shenyang, Shanghai and Beijing
  • Minister of State Tim O'Malley: Tokyo and Osaka
  • Minister of State Frank Fahey: India
  • Ministers of State Michael Ahern: Kuala Lumpur and Singapore
  • Ministers of State Batt O'Keeffe: Vietnam
  • Ministers of State Tom Parlon: South Africa
  • Attorney General Rory Brady: Buenos Aires
Why exactly we send the Attorney General out to represent the country I dont know but I suppose it wouldn't be fair to leave him out, though I'd think Buenos Aires is one of the plum trips.

I would suggest closing the airports after they leave but we still have Micheál Martin and Willie O'Dea back here to run the nation so we will probably want the other lot back eventually.

Update: Lets not forget President Mary McAlese, she's on her way to Belgium. I'm not sure if she is there for St Patricks day or if she is there now or leaving next week.
President McAleese is paying a state visit to Belgium and Italy next week ahead of a meeting with the Pope.

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