Written Answers. - Ministerial Travel.

Paul Kehoe

Question:

266 Mr. Kehoe asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the number of times since his appointment to the Government he has been out of the country on official business; the locations he travelled to, the dates and the reason therefor; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18992/03]

I have been on five official business trips abroad since my appointment to Government. Following are the details pertaining to same:

Location

Dates of Travel

Reason for Travel

Portugal

Fri. 6 December – 7 December, 2002.

OSCE Conference at the request of the Department of Foreign Affairs.

London

Wed. 29 January – Thurs. 30 January, 2003.

To attend a “Burns Night Supper” hosted by Lord Laird, Westminster.

South Africa

Thurs. 13 March – Sun. 18 March, 2003.

Please see attached programme for said trip.

Boston

Thurs. 24 April – Sun. 27 April, 2003.

To attend 2003 Conference of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.

Poland/Slovakia

Mon. 2 June – Fri. 6 June, 2003.

Acting as accompanying Minister to An tUachtarán.