151. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will report on the involvement of his Department’s officials in planning the commemorations for the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement; and if an all party group is being established to discuss same. (Question 9657/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Commemorative Events)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): A programme of events, at home and abroad, is being developed to highlight this important anniversary and to mark the achievement of the Agreement, which continues to be the cornerstone of our commitment to peace and reconciliation. My Department is engaging with other Government Departments and, both here on the island of Ireland and through our overseas Embassy network, with a range of individuals, groups and instituti...

651. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the status of the launch of Raidio Teilifís Éireann’s commemorative programme for 1916; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40010/15 asked on 08 Dec 2015 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The RTÉ 2016 commemorative programme was launched on 4 November 2015. The programme is rich in culture, debate, drama and entertainment, will be accessible across all media platforms, and will include television documentaries, drama series and radio programmes. The programme will be accessible online and on mobile devices, thereby ensuring availability to people both in Ireland but also worldwide. I understand that a div...

323. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his plans to commemorate 60th anniversary of Ireland’s membership of the United Nations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33972/15 asked on 22 Oct 2015 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): December 14th 2015 marks the 60th anniversary of Ireland’s membership of the United Nations. Our engagement with the United Nations has been, and continues to be, central to our foreign policy, and it was a privilege for Ireland to play such a central role in the final negotiations on the Sustainable Development Goals in this, our anniversary year.
In May of this year, my Department launched a programme of events to commemorate si...

624. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she will provide an update on the plans for the 1916 commemoration celebrations; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6608/15 asked on 10 Mar 2015 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The objective of the Ireland 2016 initiative, which I am leading and which was formally launched on 12 November 2014, is to develop, coordinate and deliver a programme to honour and remember all of those who fought or died in the 1916 Easter Rising, and to recognise all of the people whose lives were touched by the events of 1916. It will also reflect on the legacy of that period and look towards our future, based around t...

506. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the commitment in the programme for Government relating to the cultural plan for future commemorative events such as the centenary of the Easter 1916 Rising; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41677/14 asked on 09 Dec 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I have secured an amount of €4 million in the Budget for 2015 to allow for the roll out of an integrated plan focused on commemorating the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising. It is my intention to allocate the current provision of €4 million in a manner that will help to support a wide range of activities and events by interested groups, including local community groups and the arts sector. There will also be a special e...

507. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the involvement of officials in her Department on the proposals for the development of Moore Street for the commemoration of 1916; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43801/14 asked on 09 Dec 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): My Department’s involvement in this case arises from the Preservation Order placed on Nos. 14 to 17 Moore Street under the National Monuments Acts in 2007 in order to protect No. 16 as the site of the final council of war and final headquarters of the Leaders of the 1916 Rising. 
 As a consequence of the Preservation Order, any works affecting the monument buildings require the consent of the Minister for Arts, Heritage an...

21. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the position regarding the Government commemorating Mr. John Redmond; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36511/14 asked on 22 Oct 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I believe it is right that we acknowledge the work of Irish parliamentarians in keeping the cause of self-determination alive and sustaining hope through some of the bleaker periods of our history. It is appropriate, therefore, that John Redmond’s leadership has been, and is being, remembered with events, exhibitions and lectures in Wicklow, Wexford, Waterford, Dublin and London. In particular, the restoration of John Redm...

25. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the position regarding the 1916 commemorations; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36524/14 asked on 22 Oct 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I refer the Deputy to my earlier reply to Question 6 today. I am committed with my Government colleagues to ensuring that the commemorations to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising will be inclusive, appropriate and respectful.
As I have previously outlined to the House, the commemorations to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising will be a major event in a programme that has been developing since 2012 to commemorate...

318. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the involvement officials in his Department have in planning the 1916 commemorations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 27124/14 asked on 24 Jun 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): 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. This involves consultation and collaboration with key Government Departments, offices and agencies, including, in particular, the Department of An Taoiseach, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the De...

42. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the discussions he has had regarding inviting members of the British royal family to the 1916 commemorations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19928/14 asked on 08 May 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Eamon Gilmore): I propose to take Questions Nos. 42 and 43 together.
The centenary of the Rising in 2016 will be the centre-piece of the Government’s decade of commemorations programme. The format and programme for the 2016 commemoration in Dublin is still under consideration. In September 2013, in my speech to the British-Irish Association, I noted a responsibility to be attentive and respectful of all traditions on this island in ou...

43. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he has asked any other Heads of State here to commemorate 1916; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19929/14 asked on 08 May 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Eamon Gilmore): I propose to take Questions Nos. 42 and 43 together.
The centenary of the Rising in 2016 will be the centre-piece of the Government’s decade of commemorations programme. The format and programme for the 2016 commemoration in Dublin is still under consideration. In September 2013, in my speech to the British-Irish Association, I noted a responsibility to be attentive and respectful of all traditions on this island in ou...

121. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if he or his Department officials have had any meetings to discuss the 1916 commemorations recently; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19930/14 asked on 08 May 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): The Oireachtas Working Group on Commemorations, which I chair, meets on a regular basis to discuss issues relating to the decade of centenaries, and the 1916 commemorations in particular. The most recent meeting of the Working Group took place on 29 April last. As has been previously outlined to the House, the commemorative programme is a comprehensive exploration of our history that keeps pace with the centenary timeline. ...

16. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if progress is being made on commemorating 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7487/14 asked on 06 Mar 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 16, 19 and 36 together.
I refer the Deputies to a number of recent replies in this House relating to the commemorative programme for the decade of centenaries. These have outlined the activities undertaken and the events planned for the remainder of 2014, as well as the programme leading up to 2016.
Already this year, we have seen the launch by the Taoiseach of the comprehensive Military Pensi...

87. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht his plans to expand the national Famine commemoration; the plans he has to raise the profile of this event here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44498/13 asked on 22 Oct 2013 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): The Deputy will be aware that, as Chair of the National Famine Commemoration Committee, I am responsible for ensuring, on behalf of the Irish Government, that appropriate arrangements are in place to commemorate the Great Irish Famine. Details of the work of the National Famine Commemoration Committees since 2008 in implementing a varied and diverse annual programme of events to coincide with the commemorations are available...