Irish Foreign Minister Micheal Martin: No visa remedy in sight

Irish Foreign Minister Micheal Martin

On President Mary McAleese refusing the position of grand marshal for the 250th New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Martin said that “there has been communication with the parade committee that a scheduling situation with the president has not allowed her to take up the appointment and she deeply regrets that.”

Martin added, “The volume of invitations coming into the president” for the last 12 months of her presidency has been “enormous.”

“Its incredible what is coming into her in terms of demand. She has said to the committee that she is available to support them through a video message and do whatever she can for the parade.”