1049. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to name Dublin Airport after former Taoiseach, Seán Lemass, in recognition of the outstanding contribution he made to economic development of Ireland. (Question 34110/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): ​I understand that the suggestion to rename Dublin Airport as Seán Lemass Airport has arisen a number of times in the past and that previous Ministers decided against such a change.  I concur with my predecessors and can confirm that I have no plans currently to change the name of the principal gateway airport to Ireland.
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286. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the discussions he has had with the main sporting bodies to mark the centenary commemoration of the 1916 Rising with a major sporting event in the various sports grant aided by the State. (Question 12544/14 asked on 13 Mar 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The development of the national commemorative programme is being co-ordinated by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. I am aware that several of the national sporting associations are considering their possible contributions to the developing programme of Centenary commemorations.
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287. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to outline the strategy he has in place to increase the visibility and awareness of the decade of centenaries events, in particular the centenary commemoration of the 1916 Rising in the tourism strategy of his Department and of Fáilte Ireland; if he intends to deliver a Gathering-type approach, although on a larger-scale, to the events in 2016 being organised by the State. (Question 12545/14 asked on 13 Mar 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The development of the national commemorative programme is being co-ordinated by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The development of a programme to promote the tourist aspects of the Decade of Centenaries is a matter for the tourism agencies. However, while it is important to have a programme of events for the decade of commemorations, there is little evidence that there is widespread interest in them by overseas...

1268. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the reason Failte Ireland refused funding to the local committee commemorating the Battle of Clontarf in 2014 as it will boost Irish tourism; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46226/13 asked on 05 Nov 2013 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The matter raised is an operational matter for Fáilte Ireland.  I have referred the Deputy’s Question to Fáilte Ireland for direct reply.  Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten working days.
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646. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the position regarding funding in respect of a project (details supplied) in Dublin. (Question 30137/13 asked on 25 Jun 2013 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The matter raised is an operational matter for Fáilte Ireland.  I have referred the Deputy’s question to Fáilte Ireland for direct reply.  Please contact my private office if a response is not received within ten working days.
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