65. Deputy Patrick O’Donovan asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if he will consider the possibility of engaging with the Northern Ireland Executive to discuss the possibility of the National Famine Commemoration being held on an all Ireland basis; if he will consider the holding of the national ceremony in conjunction with the Northern Ireland Executive in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54844/12 asked on 06 Dec 2012 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): The National Famine Commemoration Committee was first established in 2008 following a Government decision to commemorate the Great Irish Famine with an annual national famine memorial day. I would like to emphasise that the National Famine Commemoration is, and will remain, an inclusive event, which recognises the significant impact of the famine on all communities on the island of Ireland. Indeed, in the context of the Dep...

20. Deputy Seamus Kirk asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the work undertaken by the all-party commission on the decade of commemorations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53020/12 asked on 28 Nov 2012 - Commemorative Events)

Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Dinny McGinley) (Deputy Dinny McGinley): I propose to take Questions Nos. 20 and 38 together.
Since the commencement of the commemorative programme for the Decade of Centenaries 1912-1922, Minister Deenihan has sought to co-ordinate and support a calendar of events marking the centenary anniversaries this year and also to consider the arrangements for the coming years.
An important event of the commemorative programm...

38. Deputy Michael Moynihan 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; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53019/12 asked on 28 Nov 2012 - Commemorative Events)

Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Dinny McGinley) (Deputy Dinny McGinley): I propose to take Questions Nos. 20 and 38 together.
Since the commencement of the commemorative programme for the Decade of Centenaries 1912-1922, Minister Deenihan has sought to co-ordinate and support a calendar of events marking the centenary anniversaries this year and also to consider the arrangements for the coming years.
An important event of the commemorative programm...

134. Deputy Jerry Buttimer asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if he will provide an update on his plans and preparations for World War One centenary commemorations; if the plans will involve honouring the memory of all Irish regiments who were active in the war; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51943/12 asked on 22 Nov 2012 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): The commemorative arrangements for the Decade of Centenaries will address the political, cultural, economic and social history of Ireland in the period 1912-1922. The experience of the World War in Ireland and of the Irish soldiers at the battlefront will be a substantial part of the commemorative programme.
The annual arrangements for the commemoration of the World War will be complemented by a special initiative each year ...

420. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the arrangements that have been made to commemorate the founding of Óglaigh na hÉireann by Éoin Mac Néill in 1913; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49394/12 asked on 13 Nov 2012 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): In the coming year, the Centenary commemorative programme will seek to present a comprehensive reflection of the key issues in Ireland in 2013. The national social and economic conditions will be addressed, alongside the continuing narrative of developments in the campaign for Home Rule.
The founding of Óglaigh na hÉireann on 25 November 1913 will be commemorated as an official initiative within the commemorative programme o...

610. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht his plans for the future development of the National Famine Memorial Day; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47884/12 asked on 06 Nov 2012 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): The Deputy will be aware that, as Chair of the National Famine Commemoration Committee, I am responsible for ensuring on behalf of the Government that appropriate arrangements are in place to commemorate the Great Irish Famine. Details of the work of the National Famine Commemoration Committees since 2008 in implementing a varied and diverse annual programme of events to coincide with the National Famine Commemoration are av...

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...

21. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Arts; Heritage and the Gaeltacht the progress that has been made on marketing the decade of commemorations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41804/12 asked on 03 Oct 2012 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): The development of the commemorative programme for the Decade of Centenaries has been following two priority considerations. First, it has sought to reflect the timeline of historic events that commenced in April 1912 with the introduction to parliament at Westminster of the third Home Rule Bill. The campaign on this Bill, and particularly the Unionist response in the expectation that it would be enacted, is of fundamental ...

263. Deputy Paschal Donohoe asked the Minister for Arts; Heritage and the Gaeltacht the way relatives of those who fought in the GPO during the 1916 Easter Rising can receive invitations to the annual commemoration; the structures being put in place to ensure that they are involved in the centenary celebrations in 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40145/12 asked on 25 Sep 2012 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): In the context of arrangements for commemoration of the Easter Rising and other significant events of that time, I have been very pleased to meet several people with family connections to the leaders and activists of the period. I warmly welcome their interest and association with the developing programme of commemorations. Although it is sometimes necessary to reserve places at commemorations for persons attending in a re...

332. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Defence his views on the issues raised by a person (details supplied) in County Clare in correspondence to him dated 16 May 2012; if he will accept any of the suggestions made; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40127/12 asked on 25 Sep 2012 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): There had been a suggestion for a commemorative medal to be issued to all serving members of the Defence Forces in 2013. However, having reviewed the matter, it has now been decided not to progress it further. While I welcome the suggestion in relation to a proposed “Old Soldiers Day”, it is not proposed to introduce a new military ceremonial event in the current economic climate. 
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143. Deputy Joanna Tuffy asked the Minister for Arts; Heritage and the Gaeltacht the events planned to date to commemorate the 1913 lockout; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39610/12 asked on 19 Sep 2012 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): In the context of the Government’s commemoration programme to mark significant centenaries during the decade 2012-2022, the programme for 2013 is currently under development. Arrangements in hand seek to address the organisation of the labour movement and the Lockout, as well as social history such as the suffrage movement and housing conditions. Initiatives under consideration include community and academic events. The Deput...