St Patrick’s Day

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

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Photo of Anne McLaughlin Anne McLaughlin Scottish National Party

The minister will be aware of the St Andrew’s day campaign committee, which is calling for St Andrew’s day to be a full national public holiday. Perhaps she will support the call.

Will the minister comment on recent remarks in the Parliament about Ireland’s current economic situation? Members of the Irish community told me that they found the remarks “offensive”, “inexcusable” and “deeply hurtful”—their words, not mine. Will she join me on St Patrick’s day in confirming our unswerving solidarity with the people of Ireland and our total confidence in their ability to come out of the situation stronger than ever?