Irish government officials led by the taoiseach traditionally spread across the world during the St. Patrick’s Day season to represent Ireland abroad, but this year, because the general election results from last week are still unsettled, those plans remain up in the air.
St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 15 at the White House, with President Obama scheduled to host the annual shamrock ceremony with the taoiseach, and a reception for the Irish American community that evening.
Irish government representatives in New York are working on the basis that a minister will be in town for St. Patrick’s Day, but who that will be, or how long the trip will last, has yet to be confirmed.
It is also expected that Taoiseach Enda Kenny will be in Washington, D.C. for the festivities, but arrangements have not been finalized.
Diaspora Minister Jimmy Deenihan from Co. Kerry was among the Fine Gael members losing a seat in the election. Deenihan had been a member of the Dail since 1987 and was a frequent visitor to the U.S.