St Patrick’s Day

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at on 17 March 2011.

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Photo of Fiona Hyslop Fiona Hyslop Scottish National Party

I wish everyone, particularly the Irish diaspora in Scotland, happy St Patrick’s day.

There are lessons that we can learn from Irish experience. For example, Ireland sends a number of ministers across the globe to promote Irish culture, trade and industry on St Patrick’s day. That is not possible to the same extent for a minority Government that requires always to be in attendance at Parliament.