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Brandon Lewis spent £6k on US St Patrick's Day trip passed up by Michelle O'Neill and Arlene Foster

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Visit: Brandon Lewis

Visit: Brandon Lewis

Visit: Brandon Lewis

Travel expenses for sending the Secretary of State to celebrate St Patrick's Day in Washington have been revealed.

Brandon Lewis represented Northern Ireland at the annual White House celebrations this year in place of Arlene Foster and Michelle O'Neill, who cancelled their planned trip to focus on the coronavirus outbreak.

Figures from the NIO said the visit from March 10-14 cost taxpayers £6,531.57, covering travel, visas, accommodation and meals.