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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12. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her views on the legacy of the 2016 commemorations; her plans for the remainder of 2016; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19843/16 asked on 07 Jul 2016 - Commemorative Events)

Deputy Tom Neville: We are now more than half way through 2016. I would welcome the Minister’s views on the legacy of the commemorations and her plans for the remainder of 2016.
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13. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her views on the success of the 2016 commemorations; her plans for the remainder of 2016; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19841/16 asked on 07 Jul 2016 - Commemorative Events)

Deputy Tom Neville: We are now more than half way through 2016. I would welcome the Minister’s views on the legacy of the commemorations and her plans for the remainder of 2016.
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7. Deputy Catherine Byrne asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the status of the commemorative projects at Richmond Barracks and Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin 8, which are being carried out as part of the Ireland 2016 centenary programme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39496/15 asked on 12 Nov 2015 - Commemorative Events)

Deputy Catherine Byrne: I thank the Minister for her statement this morning. I want her to know how excited people living in Inchicore and the wider area are that Richmond Barracks has been picked as one of the main projects in the national programme for 1916. I want to highlight the belief people have that this will become a huge part of the cultural events in the area around Kilmainham Gaol, the courthouse and the wider area in general.
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9. Deputy Seán Kyne asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the progress of the plans for Ireland 2016; if she would report on stakeholders, including the public and local authorities, in terms of preparations and engagement; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23842/15 asked on 18 Jun 2015 - Commemorative Events)

Deputy Seán Kyne: My question concerns the ongoing progress of the plans for Ireland 2016. I ask the Minister to report on stakeholders, including local authorities, in terms of the preparations for this important commemorative event.
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10. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she will recognise the work of the Committee for the Commemoration of the Irish Famine Victims, CCIFV, and the campaign to highlight what many call the biggest tragedy in Irish history; if she will commit to the allocation of the second Sunday in May, as the designated memorial day, to commemorate all who suffered in the great famine; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10180/15 asked on 11 Mar 2015 - Commemorative Events)

Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan: My question is to ask the Minister about recognising the work of the Committee for the Commemoration of the Irish Famine Victims, and its campaign to highlight what many call the biggest tragedy in our history. The word “continued” is missing prior to allocation in my question. Will the Minister continue the practice of having the second Sunday of May as the national famine memorial day?
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89. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she will report on funding for 1916 commemorations; the percentage of her Department’s budget that was devoted to this; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47010/14 asked on 09 Dec 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Deputy Ruth Coppinger: I wish to ask the Minister what percentage or proportion of funding for the arts budget is being devoted to the 1916 commemorations, compared to the rest of her departmental budget, and if she will make a statement on that.
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96. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her views about the discontent of some relatives of those who partook in the 1916 Rising with regard to the centenary commemoration plans; if she has requested a meeting with these relatives; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46807/14 asked on 09 Dec 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I wonder whether the Minister has met some of the relatives of the 1916 participants who have expressed their disappointment with the commemoration ceremonies. I hope she will meet as many as possible of the representative groups, disparate as they are, before final plans are made for the commemoration.
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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...

12. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she will provide a preliminary timetable of the planned commemorations for the 1916 Rising; if she will provide an update on the Moore Street interpretive centre and the proposed museum at the GPO; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 31214/14 asked on 16 Jul 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl: The question is self-explanatory. Deputy McLellan referred earlier to similar matters. It would be useful to have a timetable for commemorations, not least for the 1916 Rising. The Minister referred to Moore Street. Perhaps she will also speak about the proposed museum at the GPO.
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6. Deputy Seán Kyne asked the Minister for Defence in recognition of the substantial number of Irish men and women who participated in the Great War, if the current Irish Defence Forces will be participating in commemorative events; if so, if he will outline such events particularly in the context of the forthcoming centenary of the war; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25786/14 asked on 18 Jun 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Deputy Seán Kyne: This question relates to the Irish men who died in the Great War. Will the Irish Defence Forces be participating in commemorative events and, if so, will the Minister outline those events?
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3. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the extent of consultation made in relation to the celebration and commemoration of the historical events of 1912-1922; the remit of the Decades Committee in the Dáil; the extent of its work to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 24540/14 asked on 11 Jun 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan: My question relates to the extent of public consultation on the celebration of the historical events of the period from 1912 to 1922 and the remit of the all-party working group or decades committee.
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9. Deputy Sandra McLellan asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if he will be making grants available to local authorities to assist in the planning of 1916 centenary events. (Question 24473/14 asked on 11 Jun 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Deputy Sandra McLellan: Will the Minister be making grants available to local authorities to assist in the planning of 1916 centenary events? The Minister will agree that local authorities are well placed to deliver local centenary events, but they will need financial assistance to do so. Can the Minister clarify how funds will be made available and distributed?
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17. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if he is satisfied that plans to date to commemorate and celebrate the centenary of the 1916 Rising are such as will be fitting for such a momentous occasion; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 24287/14 asked on 11 Jun 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Deputy Sandra McLellan: Will the Minister be making grants available to local authorities to assist in the planning of 1916 centenary events? The Minister will agree that local authorities are well placed to deliver local centenary events, but they will need financial assistance to do so. Can the Minister clarify how funds will be made available and distributed?
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23. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the progress being made in preparing for the centenary anniversary of the 1916 Rising; the number of times the commemorations committee has met since its foundation; the dates these meetings took place and the locations of same; if he was in attendance at these meetings; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 24470/14 asked on 11 Jun 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Deputy Sandra McLellan: Will the Minister be making grants available to local authorities to assist in the planning of 1916 centenary events? The Minister will agree that local authorities are well placed to deliver local centenary events, but they will need financial assistance to do so. Can the Minister clarify how funds will be made available and distributed?
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13. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht his plans to commemorate the exploits of Ernest Shackleton in view of the fact that 2014 is the 100th anniversary of the launch of the Endurance Expedition in 1914; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10728/14 asked on 06 Mar 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Deputy Martin Heydon: In light of its being the 100th anniversary of the launch of the Endurance expedition by Ernest Shackleton in 1914, I would like the Minister to outline his and his officials’ plans to mark this very significant event. From his recent visit to Athy, the Minister will know about the close link between Ernest Shackleton and south Kildare. There is great interest in the region in determining how we can mark this great milestone appropriately.
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27. Deputy Anthony Lawlor asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht his plans to commemorate the exploits of Ernest Shackleton during 2014 as it is the 100th anniversary of the launch of the Endurance Expedition; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10742/14 asked on 06 Mar 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Deputy Martin Heydon: In light of its being the 100th anniversary of the launch of the Endurance expedition by Ernest Shackleton in 1914, I would like the Minister to outline his and his officials’ plans to mark this very significant event. From his recent visit to Athy, the Minister will know about the close link between Ernest Shackleton and south Kildare. There is great interest in the region in determining how we can mark this great milestone appropriately.
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9. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the commemorative events that will be taking place in 2014 to acknowledge the centenary of the First World War and to remember the large number of Irish citizens who fought and died in the war. (Question 3951/14 asked on 29 Jan 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Deputy Thomas P. Broughan: I think this question was originally addressed to the Taoiseach. We are well into the decade of commemorations and there have been initiatives in respect of the digital archive, developed by Google and the In Flanders Field Museum. There are intense discussions, particularly in the United Kingdom, about this commemoration. Many would like the emphasis to be on the 49,000 young Irishmen who tragically lost their lives in this military disaster. What cultural and edu...

26. Deputy Sandra McLellan asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if he will provide in detail the programme of events planned to commemorate the historic events between 2014 and 2018; the stage of planning these events are at; and if grants will be made available to ensure community-based events will be supported. (Question 4014/14 asked on 29 Jan 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Deputy Thomas P. Broughan: I think this question was originally addressed to the Taoiseach. We are well into the decade of commemorations and there have been initiatives in respect of the digital archive, developed by Google and the In Flanders Field Museum. There are intense discussions, particularly in the United Kingdom, about this commemoration. Many would like the emphasis to be on the 49,000 young Irishmen who tragically lost their lives in this military disaster. What cultural and edu...

2. Deputy Sandra McLellan asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht his views on the current status of plans to commemorate the centenary of 1916; if key historical projects such as Teach an Phiarsaigh, the Moore Street Monument, and Kilmainham Courthouse, will be ready in time for that centenary; and the way he intends to support the arts sector in commemorating the centenary. (Question 51470/13 asked on 03 Dec 2013 - Commemorative Events)

Deputy Sandra McLellan: I wish to ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the current status of plans to commemorate the 1916 centenary and whether he could give us an update on whether key historical projects such as Teach an Phiarsaigh, the Moore Street Monument and Kilmainham Courthouse will be ready in time for the centenary. The monuments must be renovated and developed prior to 2016. Could the Minister also outline the way he intends to support the arts sector in commemora...

4. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the role of the Office of Public Works in national commemorations between 2013 and 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49665/13 asked on 21 Nov 2013 - Commemorative Events)

Deputy Sean Fleming: I want the Minister of State, Deputy Brian Hayes, who has responsibility for the OPW to outline briefly the role of his office in terms of the various commemorations from 2013 to 2016 in view of the fact that many of the buildings involved are public buildings and national monuments which means that the OPW will have a central role.
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5. Deputy Sandra McLellan asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if he will seek to add the GPO/Moore Street battlefield site to the current list of site on the UNESCO World Heritage list submitted by the Irish State; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13162/13 asked on 13 Mar 2013 - Commemorative Events)

(Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): UNESCO sets out a formal process for State signatories to the World Heritage Convention for the purpose of nominating properties on their territory for inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The nomination process is initiated by the relevant State authorities, which draw up a tentative list of what they consider to be the most important heritage sites within their national boundaries. The tentative list is compiled with a view to providing a shortlist of potenti...

9. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the steps he is taking to commemorate 1916 during the year of the Gathering; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12995/13 asked on 13 Mar 2013 - Commemorative Events)

Deputy Jimmy Deenihan: Arranged by the Minister for Defence, the annual commemoration of the Easter Rising will be held at the General Post Office on Easter Sunday and the annual commemoration at the church and graveside of the executed leaders at Arbour Hill will take place on Wednesday, 8 May. The decade of centenaries programme is committed to following the historical timeline of the period 1912-1922. Therefore, commemorative initiatives in 2013 are focused primarily on the events of 1913, ...

1. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the meetings he has held with the British ambassador and the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in relation to the decade of commemorations in view of the outbreak of violence over the flying of the Union flag over Belfast City Hall; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4589/13 asked on 30 Jan 2013 - Commemorative Events)

Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Dinny McGinley) (Deputy Dinny McGinley): Meetings with the ministerial team at the Northern Ireland Office, NIO, and the British ambassador in Dublin occur regularly in the context of the centenary commemorative programme and other areas of common and shared interest.
Most recently, the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Deputy Deenihan, visited the Houses of Parliament at Westminster on 16 January for a ...