Minister Howlin travels to Japan and the Republic of Korea as part of the St. Patrick’s Day ‘Promote Ireland’ Programme 2015

Issued 12 March 2015


Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr Brendan Howlin T.D, is in Japan and will travel to the Republic of Korea as part of the St. Patrick’s Day ‘Promote Ireland’ Programme 2015. 

The Minister has a full programme of engagements scheduled in both Japan and South Korea, which will further strengthen Ireland’s trade and business links with both countries.

In advance of travelling, Minister Howlin said 

“The St. Patrick’s Day ‘Promote Ireland’ Programme is a unique occasion for Ireland to engage abroad and to further boost trade, investment, tourism and education services and links. I am very much looking forward to visiting Japan and the Republic of Korea and to sharing our story of economic recovery and far-reaching, sustainable reform of the Public Service”.

The Minister’s programme will commence in Osaka, where he will meet the Vice Governor of Osaka and attend a St. Patrick’s Day Reception. He will also meet Irish employees during a tour of the Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems in Takasago. Minister Howlin will then travel to Tokyo and will hold a number of engagements with Ministers with responsibility for economic, tax, and fiscal policy matters. On Saturday 14 March, the Minister will represent Ireland at the Sendai UN Disaster Risk Reduction Conference.           

The Minister will make an opening speech at the commencement of theTokyo St. Patrick’s Day Parade. 

Meetings are scheduled with IDA and Enterprise Ireland client companies in Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo.

On 18 March, Minister Howlin will attend the signing of an exchange agreement between Josai University and the University of Limerick. At Josai University he will also deliver a keynote speech on the Irish economic situation and Ireland’s recovery.

Minister Howlin will also meet Japanese Government representatives and members of the Japan-Ireland Parliamentary Friendship League.

He will then travel to Seoul where, on 19 March, he will attend a wreath laying ceremony at the memorial to the Irish dead of the Korean War with the Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, Park Sungchoon.

He will also visit Korea University’s EU Centre and will meet with university President Jaeho Yeom.

Meetings will also take place with Enterprise Ireland clients and Korean representatives and partners of Irish companies.                   

The Minister will attend a Patrick’s Day reception in Seoul, which will be attended by members of the Irish community, businesses and the Korean administration. 

Minister Howlin will also meet with Vice Minister for Strategy and Finance, Mr Hyunghwan, Joo and Vice Minister for Government Administration and Home Affairs, Mr Chae-gun, Chung. A meeting will also take place withMr Kyung Jin Min, Executive Director, International BusinessDivision, Korean Development Bank.

A number of media interviews and engagements have been scheduled in both countries.

The Minister also said:

“I look forward to meeting the Irish community in both countries and to promoting and strengthening links with Ireland’s trade and business partners. I wish to thank the Embassies of Ireland in Japan and the Republic of Korea for putting together full programmes which will enable me to maximise my time and to reach a significant number of members of the Irish community, as well as business and trade networks.”




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