544. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the introduction of the lumper schools project to schools to increase the knowledge and awareness of the Great Famine; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 27984/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department is keen to support Famine commemoration where it is feasible and practicable to do so. My officials will seek further clarification regarding the project in question. This will include seeking copies of the literature being proposed for issue to schools, clarification regarding how the project would work during the period when schools are closed (i.e. holiday times), and ascertaining an understanding of how the project is b...

145. Deputy Colm Brophy asked the Minister for Education and Skills to outline his views on a submission made to his Department regarding the provision of lumper potatoes to schools teaching children about the Famine; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12269/17 asked on 08 Mar 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department is keen to support Famine commemoration where it is feasible and practicable to do so. My officials will seek further clarification regarding the project outlined in the submission. This will include seeking copies of the literature being proposed for issue to schools and clarification regarding how the project would work during the period when schools are closed (i.e. holiday times). When these details have been provided, ...

186. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Education and Skills to outline the efforts being made to encourage schools to continue to embrace and reflect on all aspects of the 1916 Easter Rising, including its cultural, political, social and historical relevance, as well as to honour the heroism and vision of those who took part in the Rising; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6924/17 asked on 14 Feb 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): While the centenary of 1916 has come, been commemorated appropriately by schools and has now gone, a number of important supports to students’ engagement with the cultural, political, social and historical relevance of the events of 100 years ago are ongoing. Some of this will undoubtedly be achieved through the lens of the new ‘Creative Ireland’ initiative, being led by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Af...

241. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Education and Skills to consider a proposal (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9854/16 asked on 17 May 2016 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Department of Education and Skills has done its utmost to support and embrace the educational aspects of the Ireland 2016 commemorative programme. Under its auspices, the Professional Development Service for Teachers has already placed approximately 70 resources about 1916 on the Scoilnet portal for teachers and students, many of them produced by teachers themselves.
The book, Simplified History - The 1916 Rising is a most engaging ...

280. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Education and Skills when the flagship projects within the higher education sector regarding the decade of centenaries will be announced. (Question 30843/14 asked on 15 Jul 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan): My Department is coordinating the contribution of the education sector to the ‘decade of centenaries’, which covers the period 2012-2022. This involves the development and implementation of a programme of events that encompasses all areas of the education sector.
A number of measures have already been implemented as part of my Department’s ‘decade of centenaries’ programme. These include the all-island schools’ history competition which ...

73. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Education and Skills the additional resources he intends to commit to schools, both primary and secondary, over the decade of centenaries 1913-23, to allow schools to increase the awareness of the events of 100 years ago and the commemorative events which will, and are, being held in their localities and nationally. (Question 12542/14 asked on 13 Mar 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): I propose to take Questions Nos. 73 and 74 together.
The all-island schools’ history competition is one of the measures adopted by my Department to mark the contribution of the education sector to the ‘decade of centenaries’ which covers the period 2012-2022. This competition has been organised in conjunction with the Department of Education in Northern Ireland. The closing date for submissions is 4 April 2014 and prizes will be awarded ...

74. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Education and Skills the publicity to promote the decade of centenaries all-island history competition for primary and post-primary schools; if it is his intention to run this competition each year for the next two years; if he intends to increase the publicity around it, to increase the number of prizes, the prize fund and also to not just have an essay competition but art, poetry, short story and video competitions; if any thought has been given to having a commercial sponsor on board to defray the costs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12543/14 asked on 13 Mar 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): I propose to take Questions Nos. 73 and 74 together.
The all-island schools’ history competition is one of the measures adopted by my Department to mark the contribution of the education sector to the ‘decade of centenaries’ which covers the period 2012-2022. This competition has been organised in conjunction with the Department of Education in Northern Ireland. The closing date for submissions is 4 April 2014 and prizes will be awarded ...