57. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when the cross part advisory the decade of centenaries all party committee will be re-established; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19996/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 46, 57 and 61 together.
In the lead up to the State’s commemoration of the centenary of the events of 1916, the All-Party Consultation Group on Commemorations proved very constructive. The Group’s input will also be beneficial in informing the State Commemorative Programme for the remainder of the Decade of Centenaries.
Last September, my predecessor Minister Humphreys, wrote to the Ceann ...

1852. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when the next meeting of the Famine commemoration committee is due to take place; if a decision will be made at that meeting on the international dimension of the famine commemoration in 2018; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54574/17 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): The official term of office of the National Famine Commemoration Committee expired at the end of 2017. Arrangements are being made for the appointment of a new National Famine Commemoration Committee and the first meeting of the new Committee will be arranged shortly.
Officials of my Department and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade are continuing to develop proposals in relation to the 2018 International Famine Co...

299. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the location of the international dimension of the national famine commemoration in 2017; the proposed location for the international dimension of the same commemoration in 2018; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50263/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The International Famine Commemoration 2017 took place in Ireland Park, Toronto on Tuesday 24th October last. As I was unable to travel Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan T.D., represented the Government on my behalf. 
Details of the 2018 International Famine Commemoration are currently being considered and will be announced in due course. 
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139. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the reason it is proposed to hold the famine commemoration for the second year running in Munster in view of the fact that up to now the tradition has been to rotate sequentially between the four provinces; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48388/17 asked on 15 Nov 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The decision to hold the National Famine Commemoration for 2018 in University College Cork was taken by the National  Famine Commemoration Committee earlier this year in recognition of the University’s long tradition of research and study of the Famine including the publication of the Atlas of the Great Irish Famine and the development of the The Great Irish Famine Online to be launched next year.  Notwithstanding the p...

591. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the various locations and the years in which the national Famine commemoration has been held in since its inception; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46360/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The National Famine Commemoration was announced by the then Minister of State for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs in 2008 at an official reception to complement a community event held in Dublin that day. The inaugural meeting of the National Famine Commemoration Committee was subsequently held in July of that year. Its main tasks were to consider the most appropriate arrangements for future national commemoration...

65. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when a new commemorations committee will be set up; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40525/17 asked on 27 Sep 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I am committed to re-establishing the Oireachtas All Party Consultation Committee on Commemorations. I have written to the Ceann Comhairle to arrange for the nomination of members and also to the Leader of the SDLP to invite representation from that party to the committee. I expect that the practical arrangements to reconstitute the group will be completed shortly. 
In the period leading up to the 1916 centenary comm...

316. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs her plans to commemorate the anniversary in 2017 of the death of Thomas Ashe; the details of planned events for September 2017; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29772/17 asked on 27 Jun 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The 25th September 2017 marks the centenary of the death of Thomas Ashe. His funeral took place on 30 September 1917 in Glasnevin Cemetery and was politically a significant event, with the graveside oration delivered by Michael Collins. My Department has already provided support for a number of local events to commemorate Thomas Ashe and consideration is currently being given as to how the centenary ...

82. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs her plans to reconstitute a new all party decade of commemorations committee; the timeframe for same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 27286/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I am committed to re-establishing the Oireachtas All Party Consultation Committee on Commemorations. I intend to put in place the practical arrangements to re-constitute the group very shortly. In the period leading up to the 1916 centenary commemorations, the All Party Consultation Committee on commemorations was instrumental in promoting an open, consensus-based and honest approach, which allowed al...

428. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs her plans to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Thomas Ashe in 2017; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16214/17 asked on 04 Apr 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The Government is continuing to mark significant events throughout the Decade of Centenaries and is being guided by the Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations in this regard. The commemorative programme for the second half of the Decade will be based on the inclusive, open and consultative approach that worked so well last year. As part of this process, consideration is currently being given to how ...

232. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her plans to run a programme of activities to mark the centenary of the birth of a noted author; the reason no reply was sent on correspondence regarding this matter to a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7576/15 asked on 19 Feb 2015 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): My Department has been charged with the co-ordination of commemorative events constituting the centenary programme, which is a comprehensive exploration of the period from 1912 keeping pace with the centenary timeline. These have focused on events commemorating for example, aspects of the Irish Revolutionary Period including the Home Rule Bill; Cumann na mBan; the Howth gun-running, the 1916 Rising, as well as events to c...

615. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the arrangements made to date to commemorate the 1916 Rising; if she will have specific commemorations at various locations associated with the Rising both in Dublin and around the country; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38143/14 asked on 07 Oct 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 25 of 16 July last. The commemorations to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising will be a major event in a programme in place since 2012, commemorating the events leading to the proclamation of the Irish Republic. These have included the introduction and progress of the third Home Rule Bill in the Westminster parliament, the formation of Volunteer movements, ...

17. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her plans which are being put in place to commemorate events leading up to the Rising of 1916; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 31157/14 asked on 16 Jul 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Development of an inclusive and detailed programme of events for the commemoration of the 1916 Rising is continuing and I hope to have a refined draft of that programme in the autumn. That draft will be subject to consultation with stakeholders before finalisation. As is the nature of these programmes, it may continue to evolve as we move towards 2016, as ideas crystallise and resources become available. Through consult...

13. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the total expenditure of his Department to commemorate the 1913 Lockout; the further plans he has to commemorate the event; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38484/13 asked on 18 Sep 2013 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): In the development of the commemorative programme relating to the period 1912 to 1922, I place great importance on encouraging public participation and developing partnerships with national organisations, local authorities, military heritage and history societies, as well as civil society groups. I believe that every institution, region and group can make a distinct and valuable contribution in relation to this important p...

420. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the arrangements that have been made to commemorate the founding of Óglaigh na hÉireann by Éoin Mac Néill in 1913; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49394/12 asked on 13 Nov 2012 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): In the coming year, the Centenary commemorative programme will seek to present a comprehensive reflection of the key issues in Ireland in 2013. The national social and economic conditions will be addressed, alongside the continuing narrative of developments in the campaign for Home Rule.
The founding of Óglaigh na hÉireann on 25 November 1913 will be commemorated as an official initiative within the commemorative programme o...