Question to the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Mr. Phil Hogan, TD)
To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will report on the overseas visits for St. Patrick’s Day of the Ministers of State at his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
For ORAL answer on Wednesday, 1st May, 2013.
The Minister of State in my Department, Jan O’Sullivan, represented the Government in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 16 to 19 March as part of the Government ’ s Promote Ireland programme . The main purpose of Minister of State O’Sullivan ’s visit was to attend and address the Annual Jeddah Economic Forum, the theme of which this year was ‘Housing the Growing Population’. On S t Patrick’s Day the Minister of State me t with some committee members of the Riyadh Irish Society and then addressed a reception hosted by the Society for Irish people living and working in the Riyadh area.
The table below outlines some of the highlights of Minister of State O’Sullivan’s visit.
| Meetings on behalf of Enterprise Ireland with the Al Mogel Group, Nas Airlines, Jeddah Development Urban Regeneration Company and the National Water Company
| Interviews with local media in Riyadh and Jeddah
| Meetings with representatives from the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry
| Dinner with Irish business leaders based in Jeddah
| Visit to King Abdullah Economic city and contract announcement for Irish company , CES Energy