361. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her views on the introduction of an annual commemoration of the meeting of the first Dáil on 21 January 1919 and the Declaration of Independence; if discussions have been held regarding same; the timeframe for the progress of the Declaration of Independence Day Bill 2017 through the Houses of the Oireachtas; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4851/18 asked on 31 Jan 2018 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): The first meeting of Dáil Éireann took place in the Round Room of the Mansion House on the afternoon of 21st January 1919. The elected members present at that meeting asserted the exclusive right of the elected representatives of the Irish people to legislate for the country, adopting a Constitution and approving the Declaration of Independence. At that meeting, the Dáil also approved a Democratic Programme, based on th...