The scattering

As 28 ministers prepare to travel the world for St Patrick's Day celebrations, the greening of the globe still has its detractors at home, writes Michael Brennan.

9th March, 2014
Our politicians will be heading off for St Patricks Day.

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore's department has already been sending out instructions to staff in embassies abroad for the forthcoming St Patrick's Day visits.

No limos. No suites. And no first class flights. Ministers will spend the night in the ambassador's residence where possible instead of booking into a hotel.

But while cost containment is still the policy, the government has abandoned its cautious approach to the number of ministers actually going abroad. Back in March 2011,...

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