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Coveney Participates in Saint Patrick's Day Events in Australia and New Zealand

Simon Coveney T.D., Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine departed today for Australia and New Zealand where he will represent the Government over the Saint Patrick’s Day period.   In an intensive programme of engagements, the Minister will visit Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, before moving on to Wellington and Auckland.

During the visit the Minister will promote trade, investment and tourism with Ireland.  He will meet Irish community groups and senior political figures including his ministerial counterparts in Australia and New Zealand.

In Sydney and Melbourne, Minister Coveney will meet Irish companies exporting into the Australia / New Zealand markets. He will also address business breakfasts in both cities attended by senior corporate figures and will brief these groups on the economic recovery underway in Ireland, and will explore with them the opportunities to further grow trade and investment with Australia and New Zealand.  The Minister will also take part in tourism-promotion events including an Irish-themed Australian Football League fixture between Greater Western Sydney (‘Giants’) and the Sydney Swans, the ‘Greening’ of the Sydney Opera House, and the launch of a new ‘Old Irish Sydney Walking Tour’ smartphone app.

Minister Coveney will meet Irish community groups during the visit, including recently-arrived emigrants, to hear of their experiences, the challenges they face, and to learn how the Government might best support the Irish abroad. 

The Minister will meet senior political figures in both countries.  He will discuss openings for Irish agri-food sector with Barnaby Joyce MP, Minister for Agriculture in Australia, and with Nathan Guy MP, Minister for Primary Industries (Agriculture) in New Zealand.  In New Zealand, the Minister will also meet senior political and industry figures in the dairy industry.  The Minister will also speak to senior figures in the tourism and sport sectors to learn of the approach taken in New Zealand to hosting the Rugby World Cup, in the context of a possible bid to host the competition on the island of Ireland in 2023.

Before leaving on his visit Minister Coveney said he was looking forward to the intensive programme of engagements over Saint Patrick’s Day in Australia and New Zealand.  The Minister added:

“I welcome the opportunity to meet Irish communities, in particular those who have recently emigrated.  I want to learn of the challenges they face and how the Government might best support them.  I want to ensure also that they are aware of the Government’s approach to addressing the challenges facing the country and the positive impact this is having on growth in the economy, in particular in creating jobs. 

Referring to trade and business events during his visit, the Minister said:

“Irish exporters are growing the market for their goods and services in Australia and New Zealand.  Enterprise Ireland clients are increasingly successful in the software and high technology, and the engineering and construction sectors.  I will be meeting those directly involved as well as senior corporate figures to see how I can help to increase their exports into the market, thus helping to create more jobs in Ireland.  I am particularly keen also to explore the opportunities that exist for the agri-food sector”. 

Commenting on his programme in New Zealand, the Minister added:

“New Zealand has been notably successful in building its dairy industry into a global player and had the opportunity to expand greatly over the years when Ireland was held back due to EU quota limits on our milk output. I want to learn more of the approach adopted and to see what lessons learned there might apply. 

Note for Editors

St. Patrick’s Day 2014


Visit of Minister Simon Coveney TD to Australia and New Zealand

11 – 20 March




Tuesday 11 March

Depart Dublin 




Wednesday 12 March

Arrive Sydney



Thursday 13 March – Sydney

Media interviews & briefings 

Photocall with Irish Food Companies 

Photocall - Launch Irish Walking Tour of Sydney App, St Mary’s Cathedral 

View Irish Famine Memorial, Hyde Park Barracks

Enterprise Ireland Business Lunch 

Meet IDA client 

Interview Irish Echo    

Radio Media interview  

Reception hosted by Consul General, Glebe.


Friday 14 March

Business Breakfast Meeting               

Studio Interview ‘Mornings’ ABC Radio Sydney               

Media interviews at Consulate General, 1 Market St. 

Ferry from Darling Harbour to Glebe Island for Lansdowne Club Lunch           

Depart to Sydney Airport

Arrive Brisbane

Queensland Irish Association Dinner

Overnight Brisbane


Saturday 15 March

Meeting with Queensland Irish Association,  Elizabeth St        

Local media interviews

Brisbane St Patrick’s Day Parade

Transfer to airport

Depart Brisbane

Arrive Sydney

Spotless Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park, GAA Exhibition Matches


Greater Western Sydney (‘Giants’) v Sydney Swans - AFL fixture

Overnight Sydney






Sunday 16 March – Sydney


Local media - Irish Radio Sydney

City of Sydney Saint Patrick’s Reception Town Hall

Saint Patrick’s Day Parade  

Family Day Hyde Park

Meeting with Mr Barnaby Joyce MP, Minister for Agriculture

Depart for Melbourne

Overnight Melbourne




Monday 17 March – Melbourne & Sydney

Business Panel Breakfast, Athenaeum Club

Meeting with Irish Community, Celtic Club

Enterprise Ireland Client Lunch          

Media Slot 

Depart for Sydney 

Sydney Opera House for Greening of Sydney Opera House          


Overnight Sydney



Tuesday 18 March – Sydney


Depart from  Sydney


Arrive Wellington

Meeting with Nathan Guy, Minister for Primary Industries

Briefing Dinner with delegates

Overnight Wellington


Wednesday 19 March


Meeting – Marine Institute / Global Research Alliance Greenhouse Gases, Ministry for Primary Industries           

Depart: Wellington

Arrive: Auckland 

Media Slot NZ Herald               

Meet Sir Bob Harvey and CEO Rod Mahler - ‘Events Team’ (Americas Cup) 

Community Event hosted by Minister

Media – Ireland Calling




Thursday 20 March

Breakfast Meeting with Tourist Industry Association            

Meeting Spirit of New Zealand 

Meeting Fonterra 

Depart for Airport



Friday 21 March

Arrive Dublin


View Press Release as PDF:  DAFMPR 34/2014 (pdf 669Kb) 

Date Released: 11 March 2014