I propose to take Questions Nos. 307 and 313 together.
The Department of Foreign Affairs has responsibility for co-ordinating the programme of Ministerial St. Patrick's Day visits globally, in co-operation with the Department of the Taoiseach and other relevant Departments. In fulfilling its co-ordination role, my Department will have full regard to the recommendations contained in the recently published strategy document ‘Trading and Investing in a Smart Economy', which emphasises the value of St Patrick's Day in providing a unique opportunity to raise Ireland's profile abroad, in delivering clear marketing messages and in strengthening relations with other countries.
I can confirm that, in line with normal planning practice, officials in my Department have asked Embassies and Missions, in consultation with relevant State Agencies on the ground and other stakeholders, to submit proposals regarding St Patrick's Day in their areas of accreditation. These proposals are currently being assessed in my Department. I would envisage that the Government will consider recommendations based on these proposals in the near future.