625. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when she will re-establish the decade of centenaries all-party committee which has not met since February 2016. (Question 17923/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): In the lead up to the State’s commemoration of the centenary of the events of 1916, the All-Party Consultative Group on Commemorations proved very constructive.  In the upcoming years to 2023, and the various historical events falling to be remembered, such input will again be beneficial in informing the State Commemorative Programme for the remainder of the Decade of Centenaries.
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62. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs her plans to reinstigate an Oireachtas decade of centenaries committee under the auspices of her office, as was the practice before (details supplied). (Question 22975/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: Is ceist an-simplí í seo. I do not know which of the two Ministers are in charge now. This question was submitted over a month ago. When will the Minister reinstigate the Oireachtas decade of commemorations committee which has operated in some form or other since 2006?
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70. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the Decade of Centenaries commemorative events she has attended since 26 March 2016; and the commemorative events she hopes to attend during the remainder of 2017. (Question 22974/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Joe McHugh): I have attended a large number of commemorative events since Easter Saturday, 26th March 2016, as part of the Decade of Centenaries commemorative programme.
The 1916 centenary commemorations were inclusive, respectful and measured and sought to strengthen peace and reconciliation on the island of Ireland. Never in the history of our State have so many of our citizens been involved in shared historical ...

464. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs her plans to re-establish the decades of centenaries all-party consultative committee; and her further plans regarding future commemorative events related to events 100 years ago falling during her term of office. (Question 32802/16 asked on 29 Nov 2016 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I refer the Deputy to my reply to Question No. 371 of 22 November 2016. 
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371. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs her plans regarding future commemorative events related to events 100 years ago falling during her term of office; and her plans to re-establish herself or instruct the Minister for State to re-establish the decade of centenaries all-party consultative committee and its related advisory committee. (Question 36105/16 asked on 22 Nov 2016 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The Government will continue to mark significant events throughout the Decade of Centenaries. This will be based on the inclusive, open and consultative approach that has worked so well this year. At all times, the Government has been supported in its plans by the guidance and advice of the Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations and the Oireachtas All-Party Consultation Group on Commemorations.
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329. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the reason for the delay in releasing funding for the restoration of the gymnasium in Richmond Barracks, Dublin 8 as part of the Decade of Commemorations projects. (Question 16410/14 asked on 08 Apr 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): Site works have commenced on the first three of the capital projects brought forward in the context of the Centenary commemorations programme, i.e. the Military Service Pensions Archive at Rathmines, the courthouse at Kilmainham and the development of visitor facilities at the General Post Office in O’Connell Street, Dublin. Other initiatives, including works at Richmond Barracks, Dublin 8, are being actively progressed. Th...

73. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Education and Skills the additional resources he intends to commit to schools, both primary and secondary, over the decade of centenaries 1913-23, to allow schools to increase the awareness of the events of 100 years ago and the commemorative events which will, and are, being held in their localities and nationally. (Question 12542/14 asked on 13 Mar 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): I propose to take Questions Nos. 73 and 74 together.
The all-island schools’ history competition is one of the measures adopted by my Department to mark the contribution of the education sector to the ‘decade of centenaries’ which covers the period 2012-2022. This competition has been organised in conjunction with the Department of Education in Northern Ireland. The closing date for submissions is 4 April 2014 and prizes will be awarded ...

74. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Education and Skills the publicity to promote the decade of centenaries all-island history competition for primary and post-primary schools; if it is his intention to run this competition each year for the next two years; if he intends to increase the publicity around it, to increase the number of prizes, the prize fund and also to not just have an essay competition but art, poetry, short story and video competitions; if any thought has been given to having a commercial sponsor on board to defray the costs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12543/14 asked on 13 Mar 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): I propose to take Questions Nos. 73 and 74 together.
The all-island schools’ history competition is one of the measures adopted by my Department to mark the contribution of the education sector to the ‘decade of centenaries’ which covers the period 2012-2022. This competition has been organised in conjunction with the Department of Education in Northern Ireland. The closing date for submissions is 4 April 2014 and prizes will be awarded ...

139. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the funding sources that have been investigated to allow grant-aiding of commemorative initiatives, local and national as part of the decade of centenaries 2013-23. (Question 12540/14 asked on 13 Mar 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): As the Deputy is aware, under the Capital Stimulus Package announced in the Budget, funding of €6m was provided for 2014 in respect of the 1916 Commemorations Programme. A number of projects come under the scope of this programme,including Kilmainham Courthouse, the GPO visitor facility, the Military Service Pension Archive and Pearse’s Cottage in Ros Muc. Work on these projects is continuing to be actively progressed to ensu...

286. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the discussions he has had with the main sporting bodies to mark the centenary commemoration of the 1916 Rising with a major sporting event in the various sports grant aided by the State. (Question 12544/14 asked on 13 Mar 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The development of the national commemorative programme is being co-ordinated by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. I am aware that several of the national sporting associations are considering their possible contributions to the developing programme of Centenary commemorations.
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287. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to outline the strategy he has in place to increase the visibility and awareness of the decade of centenaries events, in particular the centenary commemoration of the 1916 Rising in the tourism strategy of his Department and of Fáilte Ireland; if he intends to deliver a Gathering-type approach, although on a larger-scale, to the events in 2016 being organised by the State. (Question 12545/14 asked on 13 Mar 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The development of the national commemorative programme is being co-ordinated by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The development of a programme to promote the tourist aspects of the Decade of Centenaries is a matter for the tourism agencies. However, while it is important to have a programme of events for the decade of commemorations, there is little evidence that there is widespread interest in them by overseas...