The Government announced the St Patrick’s Day programme for 2024, which will see the Taoiseach, Tánaiste, and representatives of the State engage in an extensive international programme to promote Ireland and Irish interests and values around the world.

Government announces comprehensive St. Patrick’s Day Programme, promoting “Ireland’s Future in the World” 1
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St Patrick’s Day is an unparalleled opportunity to promote Ireland as a great place to visit, work, study, trade with, and invest in.

This year, in all, 38 representatives of the State will bring Ireland’s message to 86 cities in 48 countries.

The theme for St Patrick’s Day 2024 will be “Ireland’s Future in the World”, which will focus on young Irish people, and our diaspora, and their perspectives about the world of the future and Ireland’s place in it.

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It will highlight the impact and achievements of young Irish and diaspora leaders across the fields of innovation, creativity, community development, business, and academia around the world.

Ministers will emphasise Ireland’s commitment to international peace and security and the rules-based multilateral system, especially at this time of conflict and turbulence.

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Other key messages will include the strength of Ireland’s economy, our active membership of the European Union, our commitment to protecting the Good Friday Agreement, and the high priority we attach to climate action and sustainability.

Programmes undertaken by Ministers will strengthen our links with the diaspora and business leaders.


St Patrick’s Day 2024 Ministerial Plans

TaoiseachLeo VaradkarUnited States – Washington & Boston
Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs; Minister for DefenceMicheál MartinCanada – Vancouver, Ottawa, Toronto
Minister for Environment, Climate and Communications; Minister for TransportEamon RyanBrazil
Minister for FinanceMichael McGrathChina
Minister for Public Expenditure and National Development Plan Delivery and ReformPaschal DonohoeFrance, Bulgaria
Minister for Enterprise, Trade and EmploymentSimon CoveneyIndia, Bangladesh
Minister for EducationNorma FoleyUK – Edinburgh, Cardiff, Manchester, London
Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and MediaCatherine MartinUnited States – Nashville, Austin
Minister for Housing, Local Government and HeritageDarragh O’BrienSouth Africa, Zambia
Minister for Social Protection; Minister for Rural and Community DevelopmentHeather HumphreysUnited States – Springfield, Chicago & Madison
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the MarineCharlie McConalogueKenya, Ethiopia, South Sudan
Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration & YouthRoderic O’GormanJapan – Tokyo, Osaka
Minister for HealthStephen DonnellyAustralia – Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney
Minister for Further & Higher Education, Research, Innovation & ScienceSimon HarrisUK – London
Minister for JusticeHelen McEnteeUnited States – New York
Chief Whip & MOS D/Taoiseach, D/Health – Public Health, Wellbeing and the National Drugs StrategyHildegarde NaughtonSingapore
MOS D/Taoiseach & Foreign Affairs – EU Affairs and the Department of DefencePeter BurkeUnited States – Atlanta & Savannah
MOS Foreign Affairs – International Development & DiasporaSeán FlemingNigeria, Ghana
MOS DPENDR and TCAGSM – OPW and the GaeltachtPatrick O’DonovanUnited States – St Louis & Kansas City
MOS DPENDR & DECC – Public Procurement and eGovernment; Communications and Circular EconomyOssian SmythKorea
MOS D/Education – Special Education & InclusionJosepha MadiganSwitzerland
MOS DFHERIS – Skills and Further EducationNiall CollinsUnited States – Cleveland, Pittsburgh
MOS D/Transport & D/Environment, Climate and Communications – International and Road Transport and Logistics; Postal PolicyJack ChambersNew Zealand – Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland
MOS D/Agriculture, Food and the Marine – Land Use and BiodiversitySenator Pippa HackettFinland, Estonia and Latvia
MOS D/ Agriculture, Food and the Marine – R&D, Farm Safety and New Market DevelopmentMartin HeydonGermany
MOS D/Health & D/ Children, Equality, Disability, Integration & Youth – DisabilityAnne RabbitteSweden, Denmark
MOS D/Enterprise, Trade and Employment & D/SP – Business, Employment and RetailNeale RichmondCroatia, Slovenia
MOS D/Rural and Community Development, D/SP, D/Children, Equality, Disability, Integration & Youth – Community Development and Charities; IntegrationJoe O’BrienThe Netherlands, Belgium
MOS D/Housing, Local Government and Heritage – Local Government and PlanningKieran O’DonnellSlovakia, Austria, Czechia
MOS D/ Housing, Local Government and Heritage – Nature, Heritage and Electoral ReformMalcolm NoonanPoland, Romania
MOS D/Enterprise, Trade & Employment – Trade Promotion & Digital TransformationDara CallearyPeru, Chile and Argentina
MOS D/TCAGSM, D/Education – Sport and Physical EducationThomas ByrneUnited States – Phoenix, Los Angeles
MOS D/Finance – Financial Services, Credit Unions and InsuranceJennifer Carroll-MacNeillUnited States – Miami; Costa Rica and Mexico
MOS D/Justice – International Law, Law Reform & Youth JusticeJames BrowneVietnam
MOS D/Health – Mental Health and Older PeopleMary ButlerCyprus, Italy, Holy See
Ceann ComhairleSeán Ó FearghaílSpain, Portugal
CathaoirleachJerry ButtimerUnited States – San Francisco & Seattle
Attorney GeneralRossa FanningUnited States – Washington and Boston
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