15. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Defence Forces involvement in peacekeeping missions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20290/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Commemorative Events)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): This year marks significant anniversaries in relation to Ireland’s United Nations peacekeeping role. It will be the 60th anniversary of Ireland’s first participation in a United Nations peacekeeping mission and it is the 40th anniversary of our first deployment to Lebanon as part of the UNIFIL mission.
Commemorative events are being planned to mark this year’s important milestones in the history of Ireland’s participation in Un...

728. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the plans her Department has in place to celebrate the centenary of the 1916 Rising at the home of Seán Mac Diarmada in Kiltyclogher in County Leitrim in 2016; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13013/15 asked on 31 Mar 2015 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I am committed, together with my Government colleagues, to ensuring that the commemorations to mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising will be inclusive, appropriate and respectful. One of the core objectives of the Ireland 2016 initiative is to encourage and facilitate participation by, and the inclusion of, the citizens of Ireland to the greatest extent possible in the programme to commemorate this significant cent...