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...

348. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he has requested the British Government to permit a commemoration of the centenary of the execution of Roger Casement at Pentoville Prison, London on 3 August 2016. (Question 15577/16 asked on 14 Jun 2016 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, State Ceremonial Events have marked the executions of the leaders of the Rising.
Planning is underway for an event to commemorate the execution of Roger Casement on 3 August. In this context there have been some discussions with the British Government about access to Pentonville Prison in London. However, I would note that Pentonville remains a working prison, and the outcome of t...

323. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his plans to commemorate 60th anniversary of Ireland’s membership of the United Nations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33972/15 asked on 22 Oct 2015 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): December 14th 2015 marks the 60th anniversary of Ireland’s membership of the United Nations. Our engagement with the United Nations has been, and continues to be, central to our foreign policy, and it was a privilege for Ireland to play such a central role in the final negotiations on the Sustainable Development Goals in this, our anniversary year.
In May of this year, my Department launched a programme of events to commemorate si...

212. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if the Government will be officially commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide in Bosnia-Herzegovina in July 2015, particularly in view of the resolution adopted in January 2009 by the European Parliament calling on all European Union member states to remember this horrific event; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25365/15 asked on 24 Jun 2015 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The appalling events at Srebrenica in 1995 have been recognised as genocide by the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. This has been widely accepted by the international community. Ireland has, in the past, joined with our EU partners to condemn any attempts to minimise or deny the genocide which took place at Srebrenica. As we approach the 20th anniversary of this terr...

8. Deputy Lucinda Creighton asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he is responsible for the invitations with respect to foreign dignitaries for 1916 commemoration events; when a final list will be drawn up; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44973/14 asked on 26 Nov 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Deputy Lucinda Creighton: My question relates to how and when the invitations to foreign dignitaries and overseas guests will be drawn up for the 1916 commemoration events. What input will the Minister and his Department have into that progress? Unfortunately, the commemoration has been mired in quite a degree of controversy, especially during recent months. The views of many of the relatives of the 1916 leaders have been well-aired. Given the sensitivities and the huge symbolic importance o...

18. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will consider proposing an invitation to the Heads of State or Heads of Government of republics within the European Union to the commemorations for the centenary of the 1916 Rising; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40152/14 asked on 26 Nov 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): This is a repeat of my answer to Question no. 8.
The centenary of the Easter Rising in 2016 will be the centre-piece of the Government’s decade of commemorations programme. The Taoiseach, launched the outline plans for the commemoration of the Easter Rising 1916 on Wednesday 12th November. These outline plans are now subject to a period of consultation to enable members of the public to comment and to submit ideas in relation to...

103. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on the potential participation of the British royal family in the centenary commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 24465/14 asked on 01 Jul 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Eamon Gilmore): The centenary of the Rising in 2016 will be the centre-piece of the Government’s decade of commemorations programme. The format and programme for the 2016 commemoration in Dublin is still under consideration. In September 2013, in my speech to the British-Irish Association, I noted a responsibility to be attentive and respectful of all traditions on this island in our approach to the decade of commemorations. In that ...

42. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the discussions he has had regarding inviting members of the British royal family to the 1916 commemorations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19928/14 asked on 08 May 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Eamon Gilmore): I propose to take Questions Nos. 42 and 43 together.
The centenary of the Rising in 2016 will be the centre-piece of the Government’s decade of commemorations programme. The format and programme for the 2016 commemoration in Dublin is still under consideration. In September 2013, in my speech to the British-Irish Association, I noted a responsibility to be attentive and respectful of all traditions on this island in ou...

43. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he has asked any other Heads of State here to commemorate 1916; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19929/14 asked on 08 May 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Eamon Gilmore): I propose to take Questions Nos. 42 and 43 together.
The centenary of the Rising in 2016 will be the centre-piece of the Government’s decade of commemorations programme. The format and programme for the 2016 commemoration in Dublin is still under consideration. In September 2013, in my speech to the British-Irish Association, I noted a responsibility to be attentive and respectful of all traditions on this island in ou...

152. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his plans to mark the centenary of the beginning of the Great War; his plans to honour the Irish war dead from that conflict; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7769/14 asked on 18 Feb 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Eamon Gilmore): The centenary of the outbreak of the First World War will be marked by events across Europe in August this year. At national level, events to mark the outbreak of the First World War will take place over several days. While detailed arrangements still to be settled, a Cross of Sacrifice monument at Glasnevin cemetery will be dedicated to the memory of the soldiers who died in the War. Services of prayer and remembranc...

6. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he has discussed the decade of centennial celebrations with the Northern Executive and the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44889/12 asked on 17 Oct 2012 - Commemorative Events)

(Deputy Eamon Gilmore): The decade of commemorations is a regular feature of discussions at all levels with the Northern Ireland Executive and the British Government.
I most recently discussed the issue with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers MP, at our meeting of 17 September 2012. This useful exchange of views built on previous constructive dialogue with her predecessor at the Northern Ireland Office, Owen Paterson MP.
I have discussed the decade of commemorations w...