351. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if her Department will provide funding for a commemoration event (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32785/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I would like to advise the Deputy that my Department has not yet received a request for funding from the Group referred to by him in his Question. I would be happy to consider any proposals submitted to my Department in this regard. 
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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...

316. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs her plans to commemorate the anniversary in 2017 of the death of Thomas Ashe; the details of planned events for September 2017; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29772/17 asked on 27 Jun 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The 25th September 2017 marks the centenary of the death of Thomas Ashe. His funeral took place on 30 September 1917 in Glasnevin Cemetery and was politically a significant event, with the graveside oration delivered by Michael Collins. My Department has already provided support for a number of local events to commemorate Thomas Ashe and consideration is currently being given as to how the centenary ...

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...

62. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs her plans to reinstigate an Oireachtas decade of centenaries committee under the auspices of her office, as was the practice before (details supplied). (Question 22975/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: Is ceist an-simplí í seo. I do not know which of the two Ministers are in charge now. This question was submitted over a month ago. When will the Minister reinstigate the Oireachtas decade of commemorations committee which has operated in some form or other since 2006?
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70. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the Decade of Centenaries commemorative events she has attended since 26 March 2016; and the commemorative events she hopes to attend during the remainder of 2017. (Question 22974/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Joe McHugh): I have attended a large number of commemorative events since Easter Saturday, 26th March 2016, as part of the Decade of Centenaries commemorative programme.
The 1916 centenary commemorations were inclusive, respectful and measured and sought to strengthen peace and reconciliation on the island of Ireland. Never in the history of our State have so many of our citizens been involved in shared historical ...

82. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs her plans to reconstitute a new all party decade of commemorations committee; the timeframe for same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 27286/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I am committed to re-establishing the Oireachtas All Party Consultation Committee on Commemorations. I intend to put in place the practical arrangements to re-constitute the group very shortly. In the period leading up to the 1916 centenary commemorations, the All Party Consultation Committee on commemorations was instrumental in promoting an open, consensus-based and honest approach, which allowed al...

448. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the reason members of the fire services were not awarded with 1916 commemorative medals along with other front-line emergency services in 2016; if she will review this and present members of the fire services with the 1916 commemorative medals; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17497/17 asked on 11 Apr 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The presentation of medals for participation in the 1916 commemorations were a matter for the services concerned and/or their sponsoring Departments. My Department has no role in relation to the local authority fire services.
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428. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs her plans to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Thomas Ashe in 2017; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16214/17 asked on 04 Apr 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The Government is continuing to mark significant events throughout the Decade of Centenaries and is being guided by the Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations in this regard. The commemorative programme for the second half of the Decade will be based on the inclusive, open and consultative approach that worked so well last year. As part of this process, consideration is currently being given to how ...

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...

416. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs her plans to reconvene the all-party consultation group for the decade of centenaries programme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11771/17 asked on 07 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 G...

364. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs when the national famine commemoration committee will next meet; if the issue of a set annual date for the famine commemoration will be considered; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5481/17 asked on 07 Feb 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): At the most recent meeting of the National Famine Commemoration Committee, it was agreed that a sub-group would be established to consider proposals for the 2017 commemoration and that a date for the next meeting of the Committee would be set when the sub-group had completed its work. That work is ongoing with the assistance of the secretariat and a meeting of the full committee will be arranged upon ...

751. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if she will report on plans to commemorate the Civil War; if any particular events will be marked and if so, which events; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1483/17 asked on 17 Jan 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. This will be based on the inclusive, open and consultative approach that has worked so well this year. Commemorating the period of the War of Independence and the Civil War will present its own challenges. However, I strongly believe the same open and honest approach which we used for this year’s successful c...

788. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if funding is available to assist a commemorative event (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1559/17 asked on 17 Jan 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Deputy Heather Humphreys: My Department is currently considering a proposal submitted by the organising committee in relation to this specific commemorative event. More broadly, consideration is also being given to how the 150th Anniversary of the 1867 Fenian Rising might be appropriately marked at home and internationally. My Department will consult with the Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations in this regard. 
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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 ...

792. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the date in 2017 on which the national famine commemoration day will be held; if she will fix a date on which the commemoration can be held annually; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1805/17 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 ...

407. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs her plans to extend the work of the Decade of Centenaries Oireachtas All-Party Consultation Group on Commemorations to encompass the State’s history from the years 1913 to 1923; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39907/16 asked on 13 Dec 2016 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 407 and 408 together.
The Government will continue to mark significant events throughout the Decade of Centenaries. This will be based on the inclusive, open and consultative approach that has worked so well this year. 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 Oireacht...

408. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs her plans to establish a new Oireachtas all-party consultation group on commemorations (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39910/16 asked on 13 Dec 2016 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 407 and 408 together.
The Government will continue to mark significant events throughout the Decade of Centenaries. This will be based on the inclusive, open and consultative approach that has worked so well this year. 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 Oireacht...

54. Deputy Ciarán Cannon asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs her plans for the final phase of the 1916 centenary programme; her views on the success of the past year and the way she will build on this in future years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37407/16 asked on 29 Nov 2016 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The 1916 centenary commemorations were inclusive, respectful and measured and sought to strengthen peace and reconciliation on the island of Ireland.  Official estimates indicate that over 1 million people were present to participate in and enjoy the commemorative, reflective and celebratory events that took place over the Easter weekend and which were a great source of pride for our citizens.  The mil...

418. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the plans that have been put in place to commemorate the centenary of the death of John Redmond in 2018; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36936/16 asked on 29 Nov 2016 - 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 and will be guided by the Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations in developing its commemoration programme for the second half of the Decade. The programme will be based on the inclusive, open and consultative approach that has worked so well this year. As part of this process, consideration will be given to...

464. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs her plans to re-establish the decades of centenaries all-party consultative committee; and her further plans regarding future commemorative events related to events 100 years ago falling during her term of office. (Question 32802/16 asked on 29 Nov 2016 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I refer the Deputy to my reply to Question No. 371 of 22 November 2016. 
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480. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs further to Parliamentary Question No. 965 of 16 September 2016, if she will confirm that the 2016 event was the ninth annual famine commemoration, in view of the fact that the initial launch in 2008 included both local input and a formal State ceremony; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37609/16 asked on 29 Nov 2016 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): As indicated in previous replies to this House, the inception of the National Famine Commemoration was announced in 2008 by the then Minister of State for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, John Curran T.D.
In his speech at the official reception held in the Custom House on 25th May 2008, the Minister of State referred to the intention of the Government to join in with local and regional initiativ...

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...

371. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs her plans regarding future commemorative events related to events 100 years ago falling during her term of office; and her plans to re-establish herself or instruct the Minister for State to re-establish the decade of centenaries all-party consultative committee and its related advisory committee. (Question 36105/16 asked on 22 Nov 2016 - 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. This will be based on the inclusive, open and consultative approach that has worked so well this year. 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 Group on Commemorations.
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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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