46. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when the all-party consultation group on commemorations will next meet; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19980/18 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 ...

63. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her plans to mark the 70th anniversary of the National Symphony Orchestra; if she has discussed this with the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9976/18 asked on 28 Feb 2018 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): While the RTÉ  National Concert Orchestra does not come under the remit of my Department, I note that the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra did celebrate its 70th birthday with a special birthday concert from the National Concert Hall on 16th of February and broadcast live on Lyric FM.
My Department is maintaining close contact with the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment in relation to the RTÉ revi...

85. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the detail of her Department’s programme to commemorate the 1918 election and the election of Countess Markievicz; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3070/18 asked on 23 Jan 2018 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): My Department is finalising the State’s commemorative programme to mark the significant historical events and themes of 1918, in collaboration with relevant stakeholders and in consultation with the Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations.  I will be making announcements in this regard very shortly.
Politically, 1918 was a year of profound transformation in Ireland when the focus shifted from the Irish Parliamentary Party...

681. Deputy Joan Burton 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 in relation to the international dimension of the famine commemoration in 2018; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3105/18 asked on 23 Jan 2018 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): As advised to the House in my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 1852 of 16 January, 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 Trad...

55. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the progress she has made in fixing the date of the national famine memorial day; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40517/17 asked on 27 Sep 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): This year’s National Famine Commemoration will take place on Saturday 30 September next at the Ballingarry Warhouse 1848 in County Tipperary.  The National Famine Commemoration Day Bill, which inter alia proposes the establishment of a fixed date for the annual commemoration, passed Second Stage earlier this year.  I understand that a date will be fixed for the scheduling of the Committee Stage of this Private Members B...

118. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she will discuss with the management of the National Museum in Collins Barracks the erection of an exhibition commemorating An Gorta Mór with a selection of relevant artefacts presently in storage, detailing the famine and consequences of it and the National Famine Commemoration Day; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40530/17 asked on 27 Sep 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): As Chair of the National Famine Commemoration Committee, I am responsible for ensuring that appropriate arrangements are in place to commemorate the Great Irish Famine. In carrying out these functions, my main focus is to ensure that the victims of the Irish Famine are respectfully and appropriately remembered and also to raise awareness of current food security issues worldwide. This year’s National Famine Commemorat...

696. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the preparations her Department is making for the 2018 National Famine Commemoration Day; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36918/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 696 and 697 together.
The National Famine Commemoration Day Bill reached Second Stage earlier this year. A date will be arranged for the scheduling of the Committee Stage of the Bill following this year’s National Famine Commemoration, which takes place on Saturday, 30 September 2017 in Ballingarry, County Tipperary.
Details regarding the preparations for the 2018 event will be announce...

697. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the status of the National Famine Commemoration Day Bill 2017; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36919/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 696 and 697 together.
The National Famine Commemoration Day Bill reached Second Stage earlier this year. A date will be arranged for the scheduling of the Committee Stage of the Bill following this year’s National Famine Commemoration, which takes place on Saturday, 30 September 2017 in Ballingarry, County Tipperary.
Details regarding the preparations for the 2018 event will be announce...