139. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the reason it is proposed to hold the famine commemoration for the second year running in Munster in view of the fact that up to now the tradition has been to rotate sequentially between the four provinces; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48388/17 asked on 15 Nov 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): 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 of the The Great Irish Famine Online to be launched next year.  Notwithstanding the p...

54. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the dates and locations of each national famine memorial day since 2008; the proposed date and location for 2018; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47909/17 asked on 14 Nov 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The National Famine Commemoration was announced by the then Minister of State for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs in 2008 at an official reception to complement a community event held in Dublin that day. The inaugural meeting of the National Famine Commemoration Committee was subsequently held in July of that year. Its main tasks were to consider the most appropriate arrangements for future national commemoration...

57. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when the Oireachtas All Party Consultation Committee on Commemorations will meet again; and the nature of the role it will have. (Question 47917/17 asked on 14 Nov 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I am committed to re-establishing the Oireachtas All Party Consultation Committee on Commemorations and I expect that the practical arrangements to convene a first meeting of the Committee will be made as quickly as possible following receipt of party nominees from the Business Committee of the Oireachtas. 
In the period leading up to the 1916 centenary commemorations, the All Party Consultation Committee on commemorat...

79. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if a stream of funding is being made available to enable centenary events at a local level around the country in view of the fact that in the lifetime of budget 2018 the centenaries of the first events in the War of Independence will occur; her plans to consider such a scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47891/17 asked on 14 Nov 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I am committed to ensuring that the State’s approach to remembering the significant historical events that took place on the road to the foundation of the State and all of those who lost their lives during this period, will be respectful, sensitive, inclusive and authentic. One of the most significant learnings from last year’s Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme was the capacity of local communities to mobilise and achiev...

591. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the various locations and the years in which the national Famine commemoration has been held in since its inception; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46360/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The National Famine Commemoration was announced by the then Minister of State for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs in 2008 at an official reception to complement a community event held in Dublin that day. The inaugural meeting of the National Famine Commemoration Committee was subsequently held in July of that year. Its main tasks were to consider the most appropriate arrangements for future national commemoration...

240. Deputy Pat Buckley asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her plans in the lead up to the 95th anniversary of the execution of Liam Mellows by the Free State in Mountjoy Gaol to issue a State apology to the families of the at least 77 persons executed in this period (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43452/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The Government will continue to mark the significant historical events that took place on the road to the foundation of the State and will be advised and supported in its plans by the guidance of the Expert Advisory Group on Centenary Commemorations and in consultation with the Oireachtas All-Party Consultation Commemorative Committee, which I am in the process of reconvening.  
I am committed to ensuring that the State...

55. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the progress she has made in fixing the date of the national famine memorial day; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40517/17 asked on 27 Sep 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): This year’s National Famine Commemoration will take place on Saturday 30 September next at the Ballingarry Warhouse 1848 in County Tipperary.  The National Famine Commemoration Day Bill, which inter alia proposes the establishment of a fixed date for the annual commemoration, passed Second Stage earlier this year.  I understand that a date will be fixed for the scheduling of the Committee Stage of this Private Members B...

65. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when a new commemorations committee will be set up; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40525/17 asked on 27 Sep 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I am committed to re-establishing the Oireachtas All Party Consultation Committee on Commemorations. I have written to the Ceann Comhairle to arrange for the nomination of members and also to the Leader of the SDLP to invite representation from that party to the committee. I expect that the practical arrangements to reconstitute the group will be completed shortly. 
In the period leading up to the 1916 centenary comm...

78. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the commemorations that are planned or being co-ordinated in her Department for 2018; and her plans to commemorate the Good Friday Agreement’s 20th anniversary. (Question 40541/17 asked on 27 Sep 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (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 become the hallmark of the Decade of Centenaries commemorative programme. The Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations will continue to advise and support the Government in its plans. 
A number of significant historical events took place in 1918, which will be mark...

118. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she will discuss with the management of the National Museum in Collins Barracks the erection of an exhibition commemorating An Gorta Mór with a selection of relevant artefacts presently in storage, detailing the famine and consequences of it and the National Famine Commemoration Day; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40530/17 asked on 27 Sep 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (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. This year’s National Famine Commemorat...

696. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the preparations her Department is making for the 2018 National Famine Commemoration Day; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36918/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 696 and 697 together.
The National Famine Commemoration Day Bill reached Second Stage earlier this year. A date will be arranged for the scheduling of the Committee Stage of the Bill following this year’s National Famine Commemoration, which takes place on Saturday, 30 September 2017 in Ballingarry, County Tipperary.
Details regarding the preparations for the 2018 event will be announce...

697. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the status of the National Famine Commemoration Day Bill 2017; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36919/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 696 and 697 together.
The National Famine Commemoration Day Bill reached Second Stage earlier this year. A date will be arranged for the scheduling of the Committee Stage of the Bill following this year’s National Famine Commemoration, which takes place on Saturday, 30 September 2017 in Ballingarry, County Tipperary.
Details regarding the preparations for the 2018 event will be announce...

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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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...

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...

2290. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if his department will provide funding for a commemoration event (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 28031/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The Department of Defence does not have a budget for commemorations. This is a matter for my colleague the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.
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372. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he will give consideration to providing retired Defence Forces personnel with the 1916 centenary commemorative medal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18463/17 asked on 12 Apr 2017 - Commemorative Events)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): As part of the Programme for Government, it was proposed that a commemorative medal be awarded to all Defence Forces personnel, Permanent (PDF) and Reserve (RDF) , who were recorded as being in service during the course of 2016. The 1916 Centenary Commemorative Medal is being awarded as a commemorative medal, personal to an individual’s service in the Defence Forces in the course of 2016. It is the case that even if a member o...

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 ...