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17 Mar 2018

Minister Charlie Flanagan promotes Ireland in Australia

Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD, is visiting Australia as part of the "Promote Ireland" programme around St Patrick's Day – helping to grow tourism to Ireland. He attended a special St Patrick’s breakfast event in Sydney, organised by Tourism Ireland and attended by 30 key Australian travel trade and journalists. The event took place in a restaurant called Pony Dining, where Irish-born head chef Neil Nolan cooked a traditional Irish breakfast with a modern twist, to highlight Ireland’s wonderful food and culinary experiences.
  Tim Harrowell, Emirates; Minister Charlie Flanagan; Karen Deveson, Insight Vacations; and Sofia Hansson, Tourism Ireland, at Tourism Ireland’s St Patrick’s breakfast event in Sydney.

Notes To Editors

  • Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
  • Tourism is the island of Ireland’s largest indigenous industry; responsible for in excess of 4% of GNP in the Republic of Ireland and employing approximately 281,000 people across the island.
  • In 2017, we welcomed approximately 10.65 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of about €5.78 billion.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted around 19.3 million visitors in 2017.