1629. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her plans to make 6 December a national holiday to commemorate the signing of the Articles of Agreement for a Treaty Between Great Britain and Ireland in 1921 (details supplied). (Question 15082/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): The Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921 was signed on 6th December by the British and Irish delegates in London in the aftermath of the truce which ended the War of Independence.  The signing of the 1921 Treaty is recognised as one of the seminal moments on Ireland’s journey towards self-determination and independence. 
The Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations is currently finalising the advice that it will provide to Governmen...

372. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he will give consideration to providing retired Defence Forces personnel with the 1916 centenary commemorative medal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18463/17 asked on 12 Apr 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): As part of the Programme for Government, it was proposed that a commemorative medal be awarded to all Defence Forces personnel, Permanent (PDF) and Reserve (RDF) , who were recorded as being in service during the course of 2016. The 1916 Centenary Commemorative Medal is being awarded as a commemorative medal, personal to an individual’s service in the Defence Forces in the course of 2016. It is the case that even if a member o...

541. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence when men from A Company 35th Battalion (UN Service) of the Irish Army will be honoured and recognised for their bravery at the siege of Jadotville in September 1961; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33851/16 asked on 08 Nov 2016 - Commemorative Events)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): To mark the occasion of the 55th anniversary of the Siege of Jadotville, I had my Department organise and host a ceremony in Custume Barracks, Athlone on Saturday 17 th September 2016 to mark the collective actions of the men of “A” Company, 35 th Infantry battalion and its attachments. A Unit Citation was presented to the Company in recognition of their collective heroism and professional performance during the Siege of Jadotv...

19. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the discussions he has had with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in relation to issuing an invitation to members of the British royal family to the centenary commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38483/13 asked on 18 Sep 2013 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 19, 39, 42, 60 and 55 together.
I am committed to working with all interested partners to ensure that the centenary commemorative programme is comprehensive, authentic and inclusive. The Easter Rising and the Proclamation of the Irish Republic will be at the centre of the programme and will be marked in 2016. In keeping with the development of an authentic programme, I anticipate that all...

20. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the events that will be held to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Irish Volunteers this year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19260/13 asked on 25 Apr 2013 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 14, 17, 20, 28 and 42 together. 
The Centenary commemorative programme commenced with the anniversary of the 3rd Home Rule Bill in 1912 and, guided by the historic timeline, will continue to address the issues and events of the revolutionary age. The programme will be comprehensive, authentic and inclusive. Against the background of the developing Home Rule crisis, activities in the current y...