293. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the funding that he has provided to celebrate the 2014 millennium commemorations of the Battle of Clontarf. (Question 52740/13 asked on 10 Dec 2013 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): The Millennium Anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf and the Death of Brian Ború will be the focus of a series of events organised at community, regional and national levels. At national level, it is envisaged that the National Museum of Ireland will present an exhibition highlighting the Viking heritage of Ireland during the time of Brian Ború and my Department will be making funds available for this. I have continued to e...

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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132. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if he will support the Clontarf 2014 group in its efforts to develop sports, arts and tourism for the millennium of the Battle of Clontarf. (Question 49686/13 asked on 20 Nov 2013 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): I propose to take Questions Nos 132 and 133 together. 
A number of events are set to take place during 2014 to commemorate the millennium anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf and the death of Brian Ború. In this regard, I am aware of plans being developed by Dublin City Council, Clare County Council, Fingal County Council, Armagh City and District Council, Waterford City Council and certain historical groups, community age...

133. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if he will support the Clontarf 2014 committee in its plans to celebrate events around the Battle of Clontarf in 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49760/13 asked on 20 Nov 2013 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): I propose to take Questions Nos 132 and 133 together. 
A number of events are set to take place during 2014 to commemorate the millennium anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf and the death of Brian Ború. In this regard, I am aware of plans being developed by Dublin City Council, Clare County Council, Fingal County Council, Armagh City and District Council, Waterford City Council and certain historical groups, community age...

372. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if he will provide details of plans to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Rising; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48902/13 asked on 19 Nov 2013 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 372 and 373 together. 
As I outlined in my reply to Question No 144 of 7 November last, it is my objective in relation to the 1916 centenary programme that it is comprehensive, authentic and inclusive. That reply also outlined the series of items which are being undertaken by my Department over the broad area of commemorations. 
In keeping with the development of an authentic programme, I anti...

373. Deputy Tom Fleming asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht further to Parliamentary Question No. 144 of 7 November 2013, if he will provide a detailed report on the major events planned for the 1916 centenary celebrations in County Kerry; if plans are at an advanced stage to mark the anniversary of significant events in Irish history such as Roger Casement at Banna Strand and the tragedy at Ballykissane Pier, Killorglin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49131/13 asked on 19 Nov 2013 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 372 and 373 together. 
As I outlined in my reply to Question No 144 of 7 November last, it is my objective in relation to the 1916 centenary programme that it is comprehensive, authentic and inclusive. That reply also outlined the series of items which are being undertaken by my Department over the broad area of commemorations. 
In keeping with the development of an authentic programme, I anti...

99. Deputy Seán Kyne asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if he will report on the engagement between his Department and Údarás na Gaeltachta on the upgrade of Pearse’s Cottage, Rosmuc, particularly in the context of the centenary commemorations. (Question 48573/13 asked on 13 Nov 2013 - Commemorative Events)

Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Dinny McGinley): As the Deputy is aware, under the Capital Stimulus Package announced in the Budget, funding of €6m was provided for 2014 in respect of the 1916 Commemorations Programme. A number of projects come under the scope of this programme, including the GPO, the Military Archives and Pearse’s Cottage in Ros Muc. While no specific amount has been allocated at this juncture from the €6m to any of these projec...

144. Deputy Tom Fleming asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if he will provide a detailed progress report on events planned for the 1916 centenary celebrations; the major events that are planned for County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47451/13 asked on 07 Nov 2013 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): I am committed to working with all interested partners to ensure that the centenary commemorative programme is comprehensive, authentic and inclusive. The Easter Rising and the Proclamation of the Irish Republic will be at the centre of the programme. In keeping with the development of an authentic programme, I anticipate that all the principal sites relating to the Rising and ensuing events will feature in the commemoratio...

593. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht his plans to commemorate the landing of weapons to the Irish Volunteers from the Asgard in August 1914; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46180/13 asked on 05 Nov 2013 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): The founding of the Irish Volunteers will be commemorated on 24 November next with military ceremonies at the Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square, Dublin. The Pillar Room of the Rotunda Hospital will be opened to the public from Monday 25 November to Friday 29 November 2013, where an archival exhibition with artefacts from the period can be viewed. Since August 2012, a permanent exhibition of the conserved yacht Asgard ...

604. Deputy Dominic Hannigan asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if there is any funding available for groups who are interested in holding events next year to commemorate World War I; if so, the person who is the Department contact for the groups; the amount of funding available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46882/13 asked on 05 Nov 2013 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): The Advisory Committee on Commemorations, chaired by Dr Maurice Manning, has placed great emphasis on the importance of the commemorative initiatives that are being organised at local and community level. Such events complement the official initiatives and contribute greatly towards the goals of inclusion and education.
While I have not yet dedicated an allocation to support community-based commemorative initiatives relating...

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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65. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht his plans to involve the General Post Office on O’Connell Street, Dublin in the commemoration of the centenary of 1916; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44516/13 asked on 22 Oct 2013 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 65 and 322 together.
The commemoration of the Easter Rising and the Proclamation of the Irish Republic will be the centrepiece of the Decade of Commemorations. I continue to work with my colleagues in Government, and with the National Cultural Institutions and other stakeholders, to explore options for comprehensive and authentic commemorations. I am also taking advice from the Oireachtas Gr...

87. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht his plans to expand the national Famine commemoration; the plans he has to raise the profile of this event here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44498/13 asked on 22 Oct 2013 - 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 Irish 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 commemorations are available...

100. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if he will report on the Government’s plans to commemorate the Battle of Clontarf next year. (Question 39147/13 asked on 22 Oct 2013 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 100 and 310 together.
A series of events is set to take place during 2014 to commemorate the millennium anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf and the death of Brian Ború. Already the impending occasion has engendered a considerable degree of enthusiasm among historical groups, community agencies and business interests with connections to the marking of this important point in Irish history. 
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310. Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if there is funding available for events commemorating the Battle of Clontarf and associated battles; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44119/13 asked on 22 Oct 2013 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 100 and 310 together.
A series of events is set to take place during 2014 to commemorate the millennium anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf and the death of Brian Ború. Already the impending occasion has engendered a considerable degree of enthusiasm among historical groups, community agencies and business interests with connections to the marking of this important point in Irish history. 
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322. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of sites or historical locations in Dublin likely to be recognised in the context of the 1916 Rising; the extent to which it is proposed to protect any threatened sites; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44793/13 asked on 22 Oct 2013 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 65 and 322 together.
The commemoration of the Easter Rising and the Proclamation of the Irish Republic will be the centrepiece of the Decade of Commemorations. I continue to work with my colleagues in Government, and with the National Cultural Institutions and other stakeholders, to explore options for comprehensive and authentic commemorations. I am also taking advice from the Oireachtas Gr...

416. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the funding that has been made available to the decades committee in relation to the celebration of historic events; the procedures for groups to apply for this funding; to whom funding has already been allocated and on what basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40461/13 asked on 01 Oct 2013 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): In making arrangements for centenary commemorations, priority consideration is being afforded to the arrangements for immediate anniversaries with a view to marking them as they arise. Against that backdrop, where possible, a measure of support is being provided to local authorities, colleges and community groups for their commemorative initiatives from the existing resources of several Departments, agencies and services. I...

523. Deputy Patrick O’Donovan asked the Minister for Defence if following the commemorations which took place in July and August of this year, there are plans to extend the commemoration using the ceremonial military guard at the national memorial to Óglaigh na hÉireann into the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41011/13 asked on 01 Oct 2013 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): As part of the Defence Forces contribution to “The Gathering Ireland 2013” initiative, a Ceremonial Military Guard parade was held at the site of the National Memorial to members of the Defence Forces in Archbishop Ryan Park, Merrion Square, Dublin on Saturdays during the months of July and August this summer. Units from the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service participated in the Military Guard Ceremony in solemn remembrance of their fallen comrades. I...

13. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the total expenditure of his Department to commemorate the 1913 Lockout; the further plans he has to commemorate the event; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38484/13 asked on 18 Sep 2013 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): In the development of the commemorative programme relating to the period 1912 to 1922, I place great importance on encouraging public participation and developing partnerships with national organisations, local authorities, military heritage and history societies, as well as civil society groups. I believe that every institution, region and group can make a distinct and valuable contribution in relation to this important p...

19. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the discussions he has had with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in relation to issuing an invitation to members of the British royal family to the centenary commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38483/13 asked on 18 Sep 2013 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 19, 39, 42, 60 and 55 together.
I am committed to working with all interested partners to ensure that the centenary commemorative programme is comprehensive, authentic and inclusive. The Easter Rising and the Proclamation of the Irish Republic will be at the centre of the programme and will be marked in 2016. In keeping with the development of an authentic programme, I anticipate that all...

39. Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht his plans to commemorate the contribution of women to the 1916 Easter Rising; his further plans to commemorate in particular the contribution of Cumann na mBan in the fight for Irish independence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38485/13 asked on 18 Sep 2013 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 19, 39, 42, 60 and 55 together.
I am committed to working with all interested partners to ensure that the centenary commemorative programme is comprehensive, authentic and inclusive. The Easter Rising and the Proclamation of the Irish Republic will be at the centre of the programme and will be marked in 2016. In keeping with the development of an authentic programme, I anticipate that all...

42. Deputy Peter Mathews asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the measures he is taking to commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38411/13 asked on 18 Sep 2013 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 19, 39, 42, 60 and 55 together.
I am committed to working with all interested partners to ensure that the centenary commemorative programme is comprehensive, authentic and inclusive. The Easter Rising and the Proclamation of the Irish Republic will be at the centre of the programme and will be marked in 2016. In keeping with the development of an authentic programme, I anticipate that all...

52. Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if he will outline his activities and engagements carried out at the Great Irish Famine international commemoration in Australia; if he will state and itemise the expenditure on this trip; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38476/13 asked on 18 Sep 2013 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 52 and 742 together.
As the Deputy will be aware, the focal point for my recent visit to Sydney, Australia, was attendance at a series of events to mark the fifth International Irish Famine Commemoration. As Chair of the National Famine Commemoration Committee, I represented the Irish Government at the 2013 International Famine Commemoration ceremony at Hyde Park, Sydney, on Sunday 25th Aug...

55. Deputy Lucinda Creighton asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the discussions which his Department has held with other Government Departments and State Agencies surrounding the commemoration of the events of Easter 1916; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38416/13 asked on 18 Sep 2013 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 19, 39, 42, 60 and 55 together.
I am committed to working with all interested partners to ensure that the centenary commemorative programme is comprehensive, authentic and inclusive. The Easter Rising and the Proclamation of the Irish Republic will be at the centre of the programme and will be marked in 2016. In keeping with the development of an authentic programme, I anticipate that all...