478. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when the next meeting of the all-party consultation group on commemorations will meet in view of the fact that the group has not met for over a year. (Question 18825/18 asked on 01 May 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.
Last September, my predecessor Minister H...

662. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs his plans to re-establish the all-party consultation group on the decade of commemorations; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13268/17 asked on 21 Mar 2017 - 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 based on the inclusive, open and consultative approach that has worked so well for last year’s 1916 Rising centenary commemorations. 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 Gr...

176. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the support she is providing for the National Famine Memorial Day commemoration in 2016. (Question 12389/16 asked on 26 May 2016 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The annual National Famine Commemoration events, held at home and abroad, are overseen by the National Famine Commemoration Committee, of which I am chairperson. My Department works with other Government Departments and with a wide range of stakeholders to put in place appropriate annual commemorations of the Great Famine. The 2015 National Famine Commemoration was held in Newry last September, while the 2015 Internation...