647. Deputy Helen McEntee asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the context of the commemorative projects in 2016 that will reflect on the lives and deaths of 3,500 Irish soldiers who died in combat at the Somme in northern France in 1916, if the industrial-scale slaughter at the Battle of the Somme demonstrates the vital need for institutions that facilitate and strengthen peace and unity in Europe, if her planned commemorations for 1916 will account for this sad lesson of history; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43508/15 asked on 08 Dec 2015 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Since its inception in 2012, the Decade of Centenaries has been engaged in delivering a balanced chronological commemorative programme with selected focused events in each year. There is a commitment to marking each milestone in a way that is inclusive, tolerant and respectful, and the events and activities undertaken have been aimed at fostering such an approach in conjunction with the various partners involved in these ...

651. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the status of the launch of Raidio Teilifís Éireann’s commemorative programme for 1916; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40010/15 asked on 08 Dec 2015 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The RTÉ 2016 commemorative programme was launched on 4 November 2015. The programme is rich in culture, debate, drama and entertainment, will be accessible across all media platforms, and will include television documentaries, drama series and radio programmes. The programme will be accessible online and on mobile devices, thereby ensuring availability to people both in Ireland but also worldwide. I understand that a div...

658. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if a designated Famine commemoration day is merited given the scale of the tragedy itself and its effect on Ireland and the world, if and when she will make a definite decision on this; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43788/15 asked on 08 Dec 2015 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, 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. In that context, I also seek to raise awareness of current food security issues worldwide. While the Commemorat...

659. Deputy Michelle Mulherin asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the financial support available to local authorities to ensure the Ireland 2016 county plans are delivered, given the extraordinary response from local authorities to them; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43792/15 asked on 08 Dec 2015 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Under the ‘Community Participation’ strand of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, over 84 public consultations, facilitated by the local authorities with the support from my Department, have taken place nationwide. The response has been enthusiastic from all local authorities and each of the local authorities has now developed a rich and diverse series of events and projects that will take place around the country next ...

613. Deputy Michael McCarthy asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if the relatives of those who fought in the 1916 Rising will be invited to official ceremonies to mark the commemoration of the Rising; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41736/15 asked on 24 Nov 2015 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I can assure the Deputy that, together with my own officials and officials across other relevant Government Departments, I am working closely with the relatives of those who took part in the events of 1916, including in particular the 1916 Relatives Association, to ensure, inter alia, fair and balanced representation of relatives at official commemoration ceremonies during 2016. In this regard, it should be noted that the ...

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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16. Deputy Michelle Mulherin asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her plans to ensure that children and young persons are involved in the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39547/15 asked on 12 Nov 2015 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Deputy Heather Humphreys I, together with my Government colleagues, am committed to ensuring that the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme engages with children and young people to the greatest extent possible. The Ireland 2016 Project Team has been working with the Department of Education and Skills to ensure that the programme reaches every school in the country. The Education Programme was launched in September of this year and the response to date ...

29. Deputy David Stanton asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she will update Dáil Éireann on her recent visit to Canada for the international Famine commemoration; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39495/15 asked on 12 Nov 2015 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Deputy Heather Humphreys The main purpose of my recent visit to the maritime provinces of Canada was to represent the Government at the 2015 International Famine Commemoration ceremony at St. John, New Brunswick, on Friday October 23. and at a series of other events. In the course of my visit, I attended a number of meetings with provincial government, business and trade contacts in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. My visit rece...

31. Deputy Gabrielle McFadden asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the measures she is taking to ensure that the commemorations for 2016 are not Dublin centric; her plans to involve the other regions; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39554/15 asked on 12 Nov 2015 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Deputy Heather Humphreys One of the core objectives of the Ireland 2016 initiative is to encourage and facilitate participation by, and the inclusion of, the citizens of Ireland to the greatest extent possible in the programme of events to commemorate this significant centenary. The Community Participation strand of the programme is being led by local authorities across the country and I have been working closely with the Minister for the Environmen...

33. Deputy Helen McEntee asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the status of the Ireland 2016 centenary programme and the community participation element of the programme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39544/15 asked on 12 Nov 2015 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Deputy Heather Humphreys The Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, which was launched on 31 March, includes a rich diversity of programmes and events, complementary and additional to the formal State occasions, which will run throughout 2016 to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising. The Programme will be an invitation to everyone on the island of Ireland and to the global Irish community to shape and engage in a diverse range of historical,...

43. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her plans, if any, to mark the role played in the Easter Rising 1916 by the original Carrisbrook House on 122 Northumberland Road in Dublin D04 A295; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39536/15 asked on 12 Nov 2015 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Deputy Heather Humphreys There are no current plans to mark the role played by Carrisbrook House, 122 Northumberland Road, Dublin in the Easter Rising 1916.
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222. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the extent to which her Department continues to co-ordinate the commemoration of 1916, with particular reference to the need to ensure inclusiveness, and reflecting the totality of Ireland’s culture; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39952/15 asked on 12 Nov 2015 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Deputy Heather Humphreys The Ireland 2016 Centenary programme is an invitation to everyone on the island of Ireland and to the global Irish community to shape and engage in a diverse range of historical, cultural and artistic activities – all designed to facilitate reflection, commemoration, celebration, debate and analysis and an active imagining of our future. The five themes, which underpin the programme – Remembering; Reconciling, Presenting, Im...

223. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the extent to which personalities such as Francis Sheehy-Skeffington are likely to be remembered in the context of the 1916 commemorations; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39953/15 asked on 12 Nov 2015 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Deputy Heather Humphreys The Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, which was launched on 31st March 2015, will include a rich diversity of programmes and events, complementary and additional to formal State occasions, running throughout 2016 to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising. The programme is an invitation to everyone on the island of Ireland and to the global Irish community to shape and engage in a diverse range of historical, cul...

1192. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the date on which the national Famine commemoration will take place in 2016. (Question 37770/15 asked on 03 Nov 2015 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1192 and 1193 together.
The 2015 Famine Commemoration was held in Newry in September. This was the first time the event had been held in Northern Ireland and has been recognised as having been a great success with significant cross-community representation. 
While neither the date nor the venue for the 2016 National Famine Commemoration have yet been decided, I would anticipate that the 20...

1193. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her views on having the annual national Famine commemoration on the same day each year. (Question 37771/15 asked on 03 Nov 2015 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1192 and 1193 together.
The 2015 Famine Commemoration was held in Newry in September. This was the first time the event had been held in Northern Ireland and has been recognised as having been a great success with significant cross-community representation. 
While neither the date nor the venue for the 2016 National Famine Commemoration have yet been decided, I would anticipate that the 20...

323. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his plans to commemorate 60th anniversary of Ireland’s membership of the United Nations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33972/15 asked on 22 Oct 2015 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): December 14th 2015 marks the 60th anniversary of Ireland’s membership of the United Nations. Our engagement with the United Nations has been, and continues to be, central to our foreign policy, and it was a privilege for Ireland to play such a central role in the final negotiations on the Sustainable Development Goals in this, our anniversary year.
In May of this year, my Department launched a programme of events to commemorate si...

14. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will provide an update in relation to the 1916 commemoration projects with which the Office of Public Works is involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33415/15 asked on 01 Oct 2015 - Commemorative Events)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Simon Harris): As I have previously indicated to the Deputy, the Commissioners of Public Works have a particular role in relation to the Commemorations plans that arises from the responsibility they have for the care and maintenance of National Monuments and certain other Heritage properties in State care. These are, in many cases, iconic locations and important in the context of the forthcoming Commemorations. 
The...

709. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the reason a project (details supplied) in County Meath has been refused funding by her Department and/or the Arts Council; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26304/15 asked on 30 Jun 2015 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Each local authority has appointed a steering committee and a dedicated ‘Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme’ co-ordinator, to support engagement and facilitation within local communities to generate awareness of the national programme; and to develop and deliver a plan for a suitable programme of events and initiatives to take place at a county level in line with the national plans for Ireland 2016. In this context, I have ...

31. Deputy Seán Kyne asked the Minister for Defence the involvement of the Defence Forces in the Ireland 2016 commemorative programme; and if the personnel involved will be drawn on a regional basis. (Question 25115/15 asked on 25 Jun 2015 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): While responsibility for the Decade of Centenaries Programme rests with my colleague the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, both my Department and the Defence Forces will play a significant role in many of the events planned for 2016. There are two existing 1916 commemoration events which have significant Department of Defence and Defence Forces involvement annually. These are the 1916 Commemoration ceremonies that takes place at the GPO e...

212. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if the Government will be officially commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide in Bosnia-Herzegovina in July 2015, particularly in view of the resolution adopted in January 2009 by the European Parliament calling on all European Union member states to remember this horrific event; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25365/15 asked on 24 Jun 2015 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The appalling events at Srebrenica in 1995 have been recognised as genocide by the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. This has been widely accepted by the international community. Ireland has, in the past, joined with our EU partners to condemn any attempts to minimise or deny the genocide which took place at Srebrenica. As we approach the 20th anniversary of this terr...

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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24. Deputy Dinny McGinley asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in relation to the Government’s plans on Ireland 2016, the plans in place to engage with children and young persons; if she is on track to roll-out the education programme; the response from schools; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23552/15 asked on 18 Jun 2015 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): One of the core objectives of the Government’s Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, which was launched on 31st March last, is to capture the imagination of our young people so that they may better understand the events of 1916. My Department has been working with the Department of Education and Skills to ensure that the Centenary Programme reaches every school in the country. Key events and activities to take place in schoo...

30. Deputy Helen McEntee asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she will provide an update on Ireland 2016, the Government initiative to commemorate and celebrate the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising; in particular, if she will provide an update on the community participation element Ireland 2016; when she anticipates local community plans will be published; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23557/15 asked on 18 Jun 2015 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The Government’s Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme was launched in the National Museum, Collins Barracks, on 31st March 2015 and is well underway. The programme is underpinned by five intersecting and overlapping themes; Remembering, Reconciling, Presenting, Imagining and Celebrating. These are intended to give people scope to think about the events of 1916 and its legacy in a way that is personal and meaningful to each in...

35. Deputy Dinny McGinley asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in relation to the Government’s plans on Ireland 2016, if she will provide an update on the engagement with relatives; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23551/15 asked on 18 Jun 2015 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme was launched on 31st March 2015. I, together with my Government colleagues, am committed to ensuring that the commemorations to mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising will be inclusive, appropriate and respectful. The relatives of those who fought and those who died during the Rising will play a key role in the Centenary Programme and I am actively engaging with them to ensure t...

40. Deputy Paul J. Connaughton asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in relation to the Government’s plans on Ireland 2016, if she is satisfied that the capital projects on track will be completed on time for the centenary; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23555/15 asked on 18 Jun 2015 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Plans to commemorate the 1916 Rising are well underway, with the aim of having a rich diversity of programmes and events, complementary and additional to formal State occasions, which will run throughout 2016. In this regard, I am committed, together with my Government colleagues, to ensuring that the commemorations to mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising will be inclusive, appropriate and respectful. A capital pro...