An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister of State Michael Ring will be among the 19 Government emissaries representing the country abroad during the upcoming St Patrick’s Day celebrations. The Taoiseach will be travelling to the United States where he will have the traditional St Patrick’s Day meeting with President Barack Obama, he will also be meeting Vice President Joe Biden while in Washington DC, where he will also make a keynote address at George Washington University where he will receive the university’s Making Democracy Work Award.
Before his trip to Washington the Taoiseach will attend the St Patrick’s Day Parade and will hold meetings with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and visit the Rockway area which was devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Kenny will also head to the US west coast where he will stop off in both Seattle and Los Angeles, where he will meet with a series of current and potential corporate investors in Ireland. Minister of State with responsibility for Sport and Tourism, Dep Michael Ring, is heading off to Italy to represent the country and while he is there, he will be attending the conclusion of Ireland’s Six Nations campaign, against the Italians in Rome. Mayo native and Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte will also be heading to the United States where he will visit both New York and Pittsburgh.