Government Publishes Exodus 2019

By Seamus Whelehan


The Government’s St Patrick’s Day exodus will see 36 Minister head to 48 countries on a charm offensive to sell Ireland.  This year the Cabinet will visit every European country and will travel further afield in an effort to Brexit-proof the Country ahead of Britain leaving the EU on 29 March.

Junior Minister at the Department of Justice with responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration, David Stanton, is among seven names who are set to visit the USA to partake in our National day of celebration.

The Fine Gael Deputy will be joined by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar,  Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan, Minister for Health Simon Harris, Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for Gaeilge, Gaeltacht and the Islands, Seán Kyne, Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O'Connor, Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring and  Attorney General, Seamus Woulfe SC.

The Taniste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney will lead a delegation to France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Paris, Berlin, Brussels and The Hague.  Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure & Reform, Paschal Donohoe heads to the UK, with Education and Skills Minister Joe McHugh heading to Finland and China.   Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, will represent Ireland in Spain and Portugal.  For the first time the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport will travel abroad.  Minister Ross will represent the country in the United Arab Emirates, but will be home in time for the big day.

Below is an extensive list of countries.

Savannah and Atlanta - Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration David Stanton 

Argentina and Chile - Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy

New York - Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan

San Francisco, Los Angeles - Minister for Health, Simon Harris

Italy and Malta - Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty

Cyprus, Lebanon and Jordan - Minister for Defence, Paul Kehoe

Japan and South Korea - Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan

Australia, New Zealand and Singapore - Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys 

Canada, Toronto and Ottawa - Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton

South Africa, Namibia and Botswana - Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone 

Denmark and Sweden - Minister of State for European Affairs, Helen McEntee

Boston and Pennsylvania - Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for Gaeilge, Gaeltacht and the Islands, Seán Kyne

Austin, Denver and Kansas - Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O'Connor

Savannah and Atlanta - Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration David Stanton 

Vancouver, Calgary and Seattle - Minister of State for the Diaspora and Development, Ciaran Cannon 

Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia - Minister of State for Public Procurement, Open Government and eGovernment, Patrick O'Donovan 

India - Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Jim Daly 

Australia and Timor Leste - Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development, Damian English

Mexico and Cuba - Minister of State for Disability Issues, Finian McGrath

Colombia, Paraguay and Uruguay - Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen

Chicago - Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring

Germany and the Netherlands - Minister of State for Financial Services and Insurance, Michael D'Arcy

France and Luxembourg - Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania - Minister of State for Local Government and Electoral Reform, John Paul Phelan

Slovakia, Austria and Hungary - Minister of State for Health Promotion and the National Drugs Strategy, Catherine Byrne

Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia - Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture, Andrew Doyle

Poland and Czech Republic - Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, Kevin Boxer Moran

Greece, Romania and Bulgaria - Minister of State for Natural Resources, Community Affairs and Digital Development, Sean Canney

Scotland - Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin Scotland - Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin 

Russia – Cathaoirleach, Seanad Éireann, Senator Denis O'Donovan

Washington - Attorney General, Seamus Woulfe SC

Brazil - Ceann Comhairle, Dáil Éireann, Seán Ó Fearghaíl