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Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 9 March 2006

Thursday, 9 March 2006

Ceisteanna (165)

Paul Kehoe

Ceist:

156 Mr. Kehoe asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if she will be travelling abroad for the St. Patrick’s Day festivities; and if so, the location she will be visiting; the functions she will be attending; and the groups she will meet with. [9939/06]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Agriculture and Food)

I will visit Prague in the Czech Republic from 16 to 19 March where I will be the guest of honour at the ambassador's St. Patrick's Day reception for senior representatives from the business, trade and tourism and cultural sectors, and the Irish community. I will also participate in a number of Bord Bia sponsored events to market Irish products in the growing Czech market, including an in-store promotion, media presentation and a business lunch for key Czech agents and distributors. I will be guest of honour at the Czech-Irish Business Association St. Patrick's Day annual dinner on Saturday, 18 March. On Sunday, I will attend a St. Patrick's Day mass for members of the Irish community. In addition, I will hold bilateral talks with the Czech Minister for Agriculture on a range of issues, including WTO and CAP policy as well as with local authorities on matters of mutual interest. Irish exports to the Czech Republic grew by over 10% in 2004 and showed a year-on-year expansion of over 24% in the first half of 2005. There are already approximately 50 Irish companies operating in the Czech Republic.

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