61. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when the first meeting of the decade of centenaries all-party committee will take place. (Question 20137/18 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 ...

274. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her plans to invite a representative from the main Unionist and Alliance parties in the North to participate in the All Party Consultation Committee on Commemorations (details supplied). (Question 50764/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I can advise the Deputy that I intend to write to the leaders of the Democratic Unionist Party, the Ulster Unionist Party and the Alliance Party to invite each of them to nominate a representative to join the All Party Consultation Committee on Commemorations. 
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57. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when the Oireachtas All Party Consultation Committee on Commemorations will meet again; and the nature of the role it will have. (Question 47917/17 asked on 14 Nov 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I am committed to re-establishing the Oireachtas All Party Consultation Committee on Commemorations and I expect that the practical arrangements to convene a first meeting of the Committee will be made as quickly as possible following receipt of party nominees from the Business Committee of the Oireachtas. 
In the period leading up to the 1916 centenary commemorations, the All Party Consultation Committee on commemorat...

319. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs her plans to provide either a permanent or temporary exhibition space within State-funded museums in Dublin as part of the State commemoration of the Great Famine. (Question 31396/17 asked on 04 Jul 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (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.
The Great Famine is m...

57. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs when the next meeting of the all-party consultation group on commemorations will take place. (Question 27895/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Deputy Peadar Tóibín: The Government got off to a very shaky start a number of years ago with regard to the commemoration of the 1916 Rising. We had the embarrassment of the video launch which was full of celebrities and individuals who had nothing to do with the 1916 Rising but was void of the ideals and characters of that Rising. We had the insults to the Irish language, the language of the cultural revolution, when it was Google translated. Then, we had the cap-tipping proposal that the Br...

790. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs further to Parliamentary Question No. 141 of 9 November 2016, the position regarding arrangements for the 2017 National Famine Commemoration; if she has put forward possible dates for when the commemoration will be held; if so, the proposed dates; and if there will be a new National Famine Commemoration Committee or if the existing committee will determine the dates prior to its departure. (Question 1630/17 asked on 17 Jan 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Deputy Heather Humphreys: I propose to take Questions Nos. 790 and 792 together. 
The term of the National Famine Commemoration Committee, which was due to expire at end-2016, has been extended for a further year. The arrangements for the 2017 National Famine Commemoration are still under consideration by the Committee. Details of the arrangements for the commemoration in 2017 will be announced following the conclusion of this ...

140. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the outstanding balance of unallocated funding for the 1916 commemorations. (Question 36450/16 asked on 23 Nov 2016 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): There is no unallocated balance of funding for the 1916 Commemorations.
The current underspend against profile within my Department’s Vote has occurred principally because of delays in the drawdown of funding in respect of certain once-off Decade of Centenary capital projects. These are part of the ‘Permanent Reminders’ component of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme. 
These projects include Richmon...

141. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs when the 2017 Famine Memorial Day will take place. (Question 33927/16 asked on 09 Nov 2016 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Arrangements for the 2017 National Famine Commemoration will be considered shortly by the National Famine Commemoration Committee, which I chair. Details of the venue and location will be announced early in the New Year.
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621. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the work in which she is involved with regard to research of culture memory or mnemohistory concerning the roll-out of the commemorations in the next few years. (Question 2221/15 asked on 20 Jan 2015 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The Decade of Centenaries has presented challenges and opportunities for individuals, organisations, academic institutions and communities to reflect on their approach to remembering lives, activities and events which occurred in the past 100 years. These approaches can include objective historical descriptions, as well as the broader, collective memory of community.
Depending on their level of interest, such remembrances...