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...

18. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to mark the 40th anniversary of Ireland’s participation in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20424/18 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 UN peacekeeping role. It will be the 60th anniversary of Ireland’s first participation in a UN peacekeeping mission and it is the 40th anniversary of the first deployment of Defence Force personnel to Lebanon as part of the UNIFIL mission.
Ireland has made a huge commitment to supporting peace and security in the Middle East region and has participated in the UN...

36. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when the public consultation into the way in which the significant events of the 1918 to 1923 period will be appropriately remembered will report; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20142/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): The Decade of Centenaries public consultation process was launched by my predecessor, Minister Heather Humphreys T.D. in October of last year. The original closing date for receipt of submissions was 31st January 2018 and this was subsequently extended to 28th February.
The objective of this process was to give interested parties the opportunity to submit their views and ideas around how the events between 1918 and 1923 m...

41. Deputy Noel Rock asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the national commemorative events that will be taking place in Glasnevin during the remainder of 2018; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19977/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): It should be noted that Glasnevin cemetery is operated by an independent trust which organises a full programme of events throughout the year. Further details of the programme should be available from the Trust itself. 
The Government, including my Department, works in close partnership with Glasnevin Trust. This includes support for specific events organised by Glasnevin Trust or as a venue to facilitate many aspects of ...

46. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when the all-party consultation group on commemorations will next meet; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19980/18 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 ...

52. Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her plans to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the 1949 declaration of a Republic in 2019; and if plans will include all political parties. (Question 17971/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): On 18th April 1949, The Republic of Ireland Act 1948, came into operation and the State became a republic. 
The 75th anniversary of that significant event arises on 18th April 2024. I will consider how this anniversary might be appropriately remembered in consultation with my Government colleagues. 
I am also happy to discuss the issue with the All Party Consultation Group on Commemorations, which I am in the process of ...

57. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when the cross part advisory the decade of centenaries all party committee will be re-established; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19996/18 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 ...

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 ...

71. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the funding that will be provided by the State to commemorate events following the public consultation into the way in which the significant events of the 1918 to 1923 period will be appropriately remembered; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20143/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): The Government’s approach to the remembrance of the significant historical events and themes of the period from 1918 to 1923 will continue to be informed by the guidance of the Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations. The Advisory Group has examined the submissions received under the public consultation process and is now considering the advice that it will provide to Government. 
In 2018 my Department is providing €850...

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...

625. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when she will re-establish the decade of centenaries all-party committee which has not met since February 2016. (Question 17923/18 asked on 24 Apr 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...

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...

41. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when the public consultation will report into the way in which the significant events of the 1918 to 1923 period will be appropriately remembered; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10157/18 asked on 28 Feb 2018 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): The State’s commemorative programme for the second half of the Decade of Centenaries will remember the significant historical events between 1918 and 1923 and important themes of the period.  The Government will continue to be supported in its approach by the guidance of the Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations.  
My predecessor, Minister Heather Humphreys T.D., launched the Decade of Centenaries public consultation pr...

50. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her plans to implement the decision to name a day as national famine commemoration day; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10023/18 asked on 28 Feb 2018 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): The National Famine Memorial Day Bill, which inter alia proposes the establishment of a fixed date for the annual commemoration, passed Second Stage last year. A date has not yet been agreed for the scheduling of the Committee Stage of the Bill. I understand that the issue of a money message in respect of this Bill remains under consideration.
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63. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her plans to mark the 70th anniversary of the National Symphony Orchestra; if she has discussed this with the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9976/18 asked on 28 Feb 2018 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): While the RTÉ  National Concert Orchestra does not come under the remit of my Department, I note that the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra did celebrate its 70th birthday with a special birthday concert from the National Concert Hall on 16th of February and broadcast live on Lyric FM.
My Department is maintaining close contact with the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment in relation to the RTÉ revi...

72. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the role of her Department in the planning and preparations for State commemorations up to 2021; and the number of staff involved and proposals under consideration. (Question 9876/18 asked on 28 Feb 2018 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): As the Minister with responsibility for leading the State commemorative programme for the second half of the Decade of Centenaries, my constant priority is to bring forward commemorations that are inclusive, respectful and authentic.  
The Government will continue to be supported in its approach to remembering the significant historical events between 1918 and 1923 by the guidance of the Expert Advisory Group on Commemora...

237. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her plans to mark the 100 year anniversary of female suffrage here; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10268/18 asked on 28 Feb 2018 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I marked the centenary of the passage of the Representation of the People Act 1918 on the afternoon of 6 February 2018 by launching the State programme to commemorate the introduction of voting rights for women and their right to stand in parliamentary elections.  The launch at Marlay House in Marlay Park was well attended and the programme well received.  
Later that evening I led statements in this House marking this im...

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...

361. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her views on the introduction of an annual commemoration of the meeting of the first Dáil on 21 January 1919 and the Declaration of Independence; if discussions have been held regarding same; the timeframe for the progress of the Declaration of Independence Day Bill 2017 through the Houses of the Oireachtas; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4851/18 asked on 31 Jan 2018 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): The first meeting of Dáil Éireann took place in the Round Room of the Mansion House on the afternoon of 21st January 1919. The elected members present at that meeting asserted the exclusive right of the elected representatives of the Irish people to legislate for the country, adopting a Constitution and approving the Declaration of Independence. At that meeting, the Dáil also approved a Democratic Programme, based on th...

85. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the detail of her Department’s programme to commemorate the 1918 election and the election of Countess Markievicz; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3070/18 asked on 23 Jan 2018 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): My Department is finalising the State’s commemorative programme to mark the significant historical events and themes of 1918, in collaboration with relevant stakeholders and in consultation with the Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations.  I will be making announcements in this regard very shortly.
Politically, 1918 was a year of profound transformation in Ireland when the focus shifted from the Irish Parliamentary Party...

681. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when the next meeting of the famine commemoration committee is due to take place; if a decision will be made at that meeting in relation to the international dimension of the famine commemoration in 2018; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3105/18 asked on 23 Jan 2018 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): As advised to the House in my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 1852 of 16 January, the official term of office of the National Famine Commemoration Committee expired at the end of 2017. Arrangements are being made for the appointment of a new National Famine Commemoration Committee and the first meeting of the new Committee will be arranged shortly.
Officials of my Department and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trad...

1852. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when the next meeting of the Famine commemoration committee is due to take place; if a decision will be made at that meeting on the international dimension of the famine commemoration in 2018; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54574/17 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): The official term of office of the National Famine Commemoration Committee expired at the end of 2017. Arrangements are being made for the appointment of a new National Famine Commemoration Committee and the first meeting of the new Committee will be arranged shortly.
Officials of my Department and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade are continuing to develop proposals in relation to the 2018 International Famine Co...

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. 
 ...

299. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the location of the international dimension of the national famine commemoration in 2017; the proposed location for the international dimension of the same commemoration in 2018; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50263/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The International Famine Commemoration 2017 took place in Ireland Park, Toronto on Tuesday 24th October last. As I was unable to travel Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan T.D., represented the Government on my behalf. 
Details of the 2018 International Famine Commemoration are currently being considered and will be announced in due course. 
 ...

302. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the reason the west of Ireland was not chosen to host the national Famine memorial day 2018 (details supplied); the reason Munster has been chosen; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49198/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): As I have detailed in my response to Parliamentary Question No. 139 of 15 November, the decision to hold the National Famine Commemoration for 2018 in University College Cork was taken by the National  Famine Commemoration Committee earlier this year in recognition of the University’s long tradition of research and study of the Famine, including the publication of the Atlas of the Great Irish Famine and the development ...