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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505. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the position regarding the Government’s plans to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44838/14 asked on 09 Dec 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I have secured an amount of €4 million in the Budget for 2015 to allow for the roll out of an integrated plan focused on commemorating the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising. It is my intention to allocate the current provision of €4 million in a manner that will help to support a wide range of activities and events by interested groups, including local community groups and the arts sector. There will also be a special e...

506. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the commitment in the programme for Government relating to the cultural plan for future commemorative events such as the centenary of the Easter 1916 Rising; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41677/14 asked on 09 Dec 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I have secured an amount of €4 million in the Budget for 2015 to allow for the roll out of an integrated plan focused on commemorating the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising. It is my intention to allocate the current provision of €4 million in a manner that will help to support a wide range of activities and events by interested groups, including local community groups and the arts sector. There will also be a special e...

507. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the involvement of officials in her Department on the proposals for the development of Moore Street for the commemoration of 1916; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43801/14 asked on 09 Dec 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): My Department’s involvement in this case arises from the Preservation Order placed on Nos. 14 to 17 Moore Street under the National Monuments Acts in 2007 in order to protect No. 16 as the site of the final council of war and final headquarters of the Leaders of the 1916 Rising. 
 As a consequence of the Preservation Order, any works affecting the monument buildings require the consent of the Minister for Arts, Heritage an...

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...

18. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will consider proposing an invitation to the Heads of State or Heads of Government of republics within the European Union to the commemorations for the centenary of the 1916 Rising; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40152/14 asked on 26 Nov 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): This is a repeat of my answer to Question no. 8.
The centenary of the Easter Rising in 2016 will be the centre-piece of the Government’s decade of commemorations programme. The Taoiseach, launched the outline plans for the commemoration of the Easter Rising 1916 on Wednesday 12th November. These outline plans are now subject to a period of consultation to enable members of the public to comment and to submit ideas in relation to...

171. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the cost of the 1916 commemoration video; the person who approved its content; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44620/14 asked on 20 Nov 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 171 and 172 together.
The video referred to was part of a suite of materials, including a booklet, an outline programme and information sheets on capital projects, that were made available by the project team for the launch of the Ireland 2016 Programme. 
This material supplemented official speeches delivered by An Taoiseach, An Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Minister of State...

172. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the reason the Easter Rising was not mentioned in the video to promote Ireland in 2016; the cost of this video; the persons who authorised the commission of this video; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44650/14 asked on 20 Nov 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 171 and 172 together.
The video referred to was part of a suite of materials, including a booklet, an outline programme and information sheets on capital projects, that were made available by the project team for the launch of the Ireland 2016 Programme. 
This material supplemented official speeches delivered by An Taoiseach, An Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Minister of State...

173. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when a detailed timetable will be published by her Department outlining the events to celebrate the centenary of the 1916 Rising; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44651/14 asked on 20 Nov 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 173 and 174 together. 
The Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations, chaired by Dr. Maurice Manning, has met on 6 occasions to date in 2014. It has also held 2 public consultation meetings in Thurles and Dublin. I met with the group on 12 November last, when I conveyed to it the contents of the outline 2016 Commemoration programme. 
The outline programme includes a series of commemorative ...

174. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of times the advisory group on centenary commemorations has met; the number of times she has met this group; if recommendations have yet been published with regard to the centenary of the 1916 Rising; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44652/14 asked on 20 Nov 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 173 and 174 together. 
The Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations, chaired by Dr. Maurice Manning, has met on 6 occasions to date in 2014. It has also held 2 public consultation meetings in Thurles and Dublin. I met with the group on 12 November last, when I conveyed to it the contents of the outline 2016 Commemoration programme. 
The outline programme includes a series of commemorative ...

191. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of jobs that will be created through each of the Government’s projects for the Ireland 2016 events including in expanded museums and new interpretative centres; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44484/14 asked on 19 Nov 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): A capital provision of €22 million will be allocated in 2015 to a number of flagship 1916 commemoration projects, including the development of a permanent exhibition space and interpretative centre at the GPO; the renovation of Kilmainham Courthouse to enhance the visitor experience at Kilmainham Gaol; the provision of a permanent visitor facility at Cathal Brugha Barracks for the Military Service Pensions Archive; the dev...

582. Deputy Jerry Buttimer asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she will provide an update on the funding allocated to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Rising; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44270/14 asked on 18 Nov 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I can confirm to the Deputy that I secured an amount of €4 million in the Budget for 2015 to allow for the roll out of an integrated plan focused on commemorating the centenary of the 1916 Rising.
This is in addition to the capital provision of €22 million that will be allocated in 2015 to a number of flagship projects, including the development of a permanent exhibition space and interpretative centre at the GPO; the reno...

585. Deputy Pat Rabbitte asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if her Department has agreed with her Northern Ireland counterparts on a national Famine commemoration day, as discussed with the committee for commemoration of the Irish Famine victims; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42954/14 asked on 11 Nov 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 585 and 587 together.
The location of the National Famine Commemoration rotates between the four provinces of Ireland and in 2015 is due to take place in Ulster. Preparations for the 2015 event are overseen by the National Famine Commemoration Committee, which I chair.
The main objective of the Committee is to ensure that all victims of the Great Irish Famine are remembered in an appropria...

586. Deputy Pat Rabbitte asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if, in resect of the space reserved at Collins’ Barracks, Dublin 7 to host an exhibition on the Great Irish Famine, if there are plans to facilitate this project being implemented; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42955/14 asked on 11 Nov 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Any decision in relation to an exhibition in Collins’ Barracks, Dublin 7 is an operational matter for the National Museum of Ireland. However, the National Famine Commemoration Committee, which I chair, has considered the possibility of exhibiting a collection dedicated to the Irish Famine. The Committee was given to understand that much of the evidence relating to the Great Famine is statistical and pictorial and that th...

587. Deputy Sandra McLellan asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when a decision will be made regarding the location of the Famine commemoration to be held in May 2015; and if she will confirm whether it will be held in Newry, County Down. (Question 43002/14 asked on 11 Nov 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 585 and 587 together.
The location of the National Famine Commemoration rotates between the four provinces of Ireland and in 2015 is due to take place in Ulster. Preparations for the 2015 event are overseen by the National Famine Commemoration Committee, which I chair.
The main objective of the Committee is to ensure that all victims of the Great Irish Famine are remembered in an appropria...

268. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she will support a matter (details supplied) regarding relatives of those who took part in the 1916 Rising; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42580/14 asked on 06 Nov 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): My Department has been working to finalise the draft programme for 2016, which it is intended to publish shortly to allow for widespread public consultation. An announcement relating to this aspect will be made in the coming days, which will be of relevance to the relatives’ groups. The overall programme is being brought forward in partnership with government departments, State agencies, local authorities and other key pl...

6. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if her Government has formulated its plans for the State commemoration of the 100th centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising. (Question 39847/14 asked on 22 Oct 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I am committed with my Government colleagues to ensuring that the commemorations to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising will be inclusive, appropriate and respectful. As I have previously outlined to the House, the commemorations to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising will be a major event in a programme that has been developing since 2012 to commemorate the key events leading to the proclamation of the Irish Rep...

11. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her plans to commemorate the 1916 Rising; her plans for consultations with the relatives groups; and the extent of funding that will be made available for persons, groups and communities to commemorate the Rising. (Question 40056/14 asked on 22 Oct 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I refer the Deputy to my earlier reply to Question 6 today. I am committed with my Government colleagues to ensuring that the commemorations to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising will be inclusive, appropriate and respectful.
As I have previously outlined to the House, the commemorations to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising will be a major event in a programme that has been developing since 2012 to commemorate...

19. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the extent to which her Department continues to prepare for the 1916 centenary; the degree to which various historical landmarks have been identified for preservation-restoration; the degree to which particular events have been identified and are likely to be co-ordinated in a way befitting the occasion; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40093/14 asked on 22 Oct 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I refer the Deputy to my earlier reply to Question 6 today. I am committed with my Government colleagues to ensuring that the commemorations to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising will be inclusive, appropriate and respectful. 
As I have previously outlined to the House, the commemorations to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising will be a major event in a programme that has been developing since 2012 to commemorat...

20. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her plans for the 1916 commemoration to be announced; the amount of funding that will be allocated to it; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40138/14 asked on 22 Oct 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I refer the Deputy to my earlier reply to Question 6 today. I am committed with my Government colleagues to ensuring that the commemorations to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising will be inclusive, appropriate and respectful.
As I have previously outlined to the House, the commemorations to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising will be a major event in a programme that has been developing since 2012 to commemorate...

21. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the position regarding the Government commemorating Mr. John Redmond; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36511/14 asked on 22 Oct 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I believe it is right that we acknowledge the work of Irish parliamentarians in keeping the cause of self-determination alive and sustaining hope through some of the bleaker periods of our history. It is appropriate, therefore, that John Redmond’s leadership has been, and is being, remembered with events, exhibitions and lectures in Wicklow, Wexford, Waterford, Dublin and London. In particular, the restoration of John Redm...

23. Deputy Sandra McLellan asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she will provide an update on plans that her Department have made regarding the 1916 centenary events. (Question 40046/14 asked on 22 Oct 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I refer the Deputy to my earlier reply to Question 6 today. I am committed with my Government colleagues to ensuring that the commemorations to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising will be inclusive, appropriate and respectful. 
As I have previously outlined to the House, the commemorations to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising will be a major event in a programme that has been developing since 2012 to commemorat...

25. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the position regarding the 1916 commemorations; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36524/14 asked on 22 Oct 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I refer the Deputy to my earlier reply to Question 6 today. I am committed with my Government colleagues to ensuring that the commemorations to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising will be inclusive, appropriate and respectful.
As I have previously outlined to the House, the commemorations to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising will be a major event in a programme that has been developing since 2012 to commemorate...

284. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she will provide an update on the 1916 commemorations; the committees involved; the personnel on the committees; the events planned; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38584/14 asked on 09 Oct 2014 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I refer the Deputy to my written reply to Parliamentary Question No. 615 of 7 October 2014.
The commemorations to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising will be a major event in a programme in place since 2012, commemorating the events leading to the proclamation of the Irish Republic. These have included the introduction and progress of the third Home Rule Bill in the Westminster parliament, the formation of Volunteer m...