Written Answers. - Ministerial Travel.

Paul Kehoe

Ceist:

128 Mr. Kehoe asked the Minister for Defence 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. [18981/03]

The information requested by the Deputy is as follows:

Date

Destination

Purpose

22-25 July 2002

Sarajevo and Kosovo

Visit to Irish Defence Forces serving with SFOR and KFOR

13-18 September 2002

Eritrea, Cairo and Jerusalem

Visit to Irish Defence Forces serving with UN in Eritrea and Middle East

18-19 November 2002

Brussels

Defence Ministers Meeting

8-10 December 2002

Zurich

Contract Signing for Purchase of Armoured Personnel Carriers

13-20 March 2003

Athens, Greece.

Attending informal Defence Ministers Meeting.

Savannah, USA

Attending St. Patrick's Day celebrations in tandem with the visit of Naval Service Vessel the LE Roisín.

18-19 May 2003

Brussels

Defence Ministers Meeting

23-26 May 2003

Beirut, Lebanon

Visit to Irish Defence Forces serving with UNIFIL and wreath laying ceremony at peace memorial

12-13 June 2003

Brussels

Defence Ministers Meeting Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council.