St Patrick’s Day

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

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Indeed I will. I was pleased to attend a St Patrick’s day event yesterday with the consul general from Ireland. I understand from her that she is attending the Coatbridge event and that it has been going for nine years. I am sure that the Parliament will want to congratulate the people of Coatbridge on delivering that.

The Scottish census in 2011 will contain an Irish ethnicity tick box, which I hope will provide a baseline for the number of Irish in Scotland. I encourage those with an Irish identity to reflect it in the census.