407. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs her plans to extend the work of the Decade of Centenaries Oireachtas All-Party Consultation Group on Commemorations to encompass the State’s history from the years 1913 to 1923; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39907/16 asked on 13 Dec 2016 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 407 and 408 together.
The Government will continue to mark significant events throughout the Decade of Centenaries. This will be based on the inclusive, open and consultative approach that has worked so well this year. At all times, the Government has been supported in its plans by the guidance and advice of the Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations and the Oireacht...

408. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs her plans to establish a new Oireachtas all-party consultation group on commemorations (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39910/16 asked on 13 Dec 2016 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 407 and 408 together.
The Government will continue to mark significant events throughout the Decade of Centenaries. This will be based on the inclusive, open and consultative approach that has worked so well this year. At all times, the Government has been supported in its plans by the guidance and advice of the Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations and the Oireacht...

54. Deputy Ciarán Cannon asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs her plans for the final phase of the 1916 centenary programme; her views on the success of the past year and the way she will build on this in future years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37407/16 asked on 29 Nov 2016 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The 1916 centenary commemorations were inclusive, respectful and measured and sought to strengthen peace and reconciliation on the island of Ireland.  Official estimates indicate that over 1 million people were present to participate in and enjoy the commemorative, reflective and celebratory events that took place over the Easter weekend and which were a great source of pride for our citizens.  The mil...

418. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the plans that have been put in place to commemorate the centenary of the death of John Redmond in 2018; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36936/16 asked on 29 Nov 2016 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The Government will continue to mark significant events throughout the Decade of Centenaries and will be guided by the Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations in developing its commemoration programme for the second half of the Decade. The programme will be based on the inclusive, open and consultative approach that has worked so well this year. As part of this process, consideration will be given to...

464. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs her plans to re-establish the decades of centenaries all-party consultative committee; and her further plans regarding future commemorative events related to events 100 years ago falling during her term of office. (Question 32802/16 asked on 29 Nov 2016 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I refer the Deputy to my reply to Question No. 371 of 22 November 2016. 
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480. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs further to Parliamentary Question No. 965 of 16 September 2016, if she will confirm that the 2016 event was the ninth annual famine commemoration, in view of the fact that the initial launch in 2008 included both local input and a formal State ceremony; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37609/16 asked on 29 Nov 2016 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): As indicated in previous replies to this House, the inception of the National Famine Commemoration was announced in 2008 by the then Minister of State for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, John Curran T.D.
In his speech at the official reception held in the Custom House on 25th May 2008, the Minister of State referred to the intention of the Government to join in with local and regional initiativ...

140. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the outstanding balance of unallocated funding for the 1916 commemorations. (Question 36450/16 asked on 23 Nov 2016 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): There is no unallocated balance of funding for the 1916 Commemorations.
The current underspend against profile within my Department’s Vote has occurred principally because of delays in the drawdown of funding in respect of certain once-off Decade of Centenary capital projects. These are part of the ‘Permanent Reminders’ component of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme. 
These projects include Richmon...

371. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs her plans regarding future commemorative events related to events 100 years ago falling during her term of office; and her plans to re-establish herself or instruct the Minister for State to re-establish the decade of centenaries all-party consultative committee and its related advisory committee. (Question 36105/16 asked on 22 Nov 2016 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The Government will continue to mark significant events throughout the Decade of Centenaries. This will be based on the inclusive, open and consultative approach that has worked so well this year. At all times, the Government has been supported in its plans by the guidance and advice of the Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations and the Oireachtas All-Party Consultation Group on Commemorations.
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721. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the reason the annual ceremony to honour deceased members of the Defence Forces which was due to take place at the national defence monument in Merrion Square on Sunday, 6 November 2016, was cancelled; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34646/16 asked on 15 Nov 2016 - Commemorative Events)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The National Day of Commemoration is held annually by the State in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Annual commemorations are also held by the Defence Forces at the National Memorial in Merrion Square during the summer months. In addition commemorations are held in military barracks during November.
A commemoration to honour deceased members of the Defence Forces was conducted in November 2015 at the National Memorial in Merrion...

141. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs when the 2017 Famine Memorial Day will take place. (Question 33927/16 asked on 09 Nov 2016 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Arrangements for the 2017 National Famine Commemoration will be considered shortly by the National Famine Commemoration Committee, which I chair. Details of the venue and location will be announced early in the New Year.
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541. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence when men from A Company 35th Battalion (UN Service) of the Irish Army will be honoured and recognised for their bravery at the siege of Jadotville in September 1961; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33851/16 asked on 08 Nov 2016 - Commemorative Events)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): To mark the occasion of the 55th anniversary of the Siege of Jadotville, I had my Department organise and host a ceremony in Custume Barracks, Athlone on Saturday 17 th September 2016 to mark the collective actions of the men of “A” Company, 35 th Infantry battalion and its attachments. A Unit Citation was presented to the Company in recognition of their collective heroism and professional performance during the Siege of Jadotv...

109. Deputy Colm Brophy asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs when the National Famine Commemoration day will be held in 2017; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33093/16 asked on 03 Nov 2016 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The Deputy will be aware that the 2016 National Famine Commemoration, led by President Michael D. Higgins, was held in Glasnevin in September. As in previous years, this was a solemn and dignified event. Also, in October, I was pleased to attend the International Famine Commemoration, which this year was held in Philadelphia.
Arrangements for the 2017 events will be considered by the National Famine C...

965. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs further to Parliamentary Question Nos 873 and 874 of 14 April 2016, if she will confirm that the inaugural official National Famine Commemoration Day took place in 2008 as indicated by a press statement (details supplied) which announces this year’s commemoration as the 9th consecutive year in which the National Famine Commemoration has taken place, as opposed to this event being an informal one. (Question 25113/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): As indicated in previous replies to the House, the inception of the National Famine Commemoration was announced by the then Minister of State for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs at an event held in the Custom House in Dublin in 2008. However, the first National Famine Commemoration to include both local input and formal State ceremonials was held in Skibbereen in 2009. Since then, the event ha...

926. Deputy Joan Collins asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he is aware that the Army presence at the national day of commemoration ceremony held in Sligo on 10 July 2016 was greatly reduced compared with previous years; if he is further aware that the Defence Forces did not provide a colour party of guard of honour for the Sligo ceremony and that three members of the Defence Forces from Sligo were killed in Lebanon while serving with the United Nations peacekeeping force, UNIFIL; if he will request the chief of staff of the Defence Forces to ensure an appropriate Army presence at the national day of commemoration ceremony in Sligo in the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 22022/16 asked on 19 Jul 2016 - Commemorative Events)

Taoiseach and Minister for Defence (Deputy Enda Kenny): The National Day of Commemoration commemorates all Irish people who died in past wars or United Nations peacekeeping missions. It occurs on the Sunday nearest 11 July. The principal ceremony is held at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin. Other ceremonies are held throughout the country and organised locally by the Local Authority.
The Defence Forces participation in the ceremony in Sligo consisted of 8 personnel including 2 Officers. ...

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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18. Deputy Colm Brophy asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when Richmond Barracks in Dublin 8 will open for tours to the public; her views on the potential tourism benefits; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19874/16 asked on 07 Jul 2016 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The Government is supporting a number of flagship capital projects for the 1916 centenary year, which, combined, will create a lasting legacy of 1916 that will, I believe, be of continuing interest to the public into the future.
One of these ‘permanent reminder’ projects involved the restoration and adaptation through a Dublin City Community Partnership of two buildings that were part of Richmond Barracks - in particular t...

21. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht further to Parliamentary Question No. 177 of 18 November 2015, the outcome of her Ireland 2016 project team’s exploration of options on a proposal to erect a memorial in O’Connell Street, Dublin 1, dedicated to the role of women in Ireland’s struggle for independence; and her plans for such a memorial. (Question 19873/16 asked on 07 Jul 2016 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): My officials are working closely with Dublin City Council to finalise a proposal to commemorate the role of women in the Easter Rising. I will announce details of this in the coming weeks.
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25. Deputy Hildegarde Naughton asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she has assessed the success and impact of the State’s commemorative events held throughout the Easter period; if attendance figures are available for the various events; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19886/16 asked on 07 Jul 2016 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): A large number of events took place over the Easter weekend as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, all of which were very well attended by guests and members of the public alike.
The military parade and ceremony past the GPO on Easter Sunday saw approximately 4,500 guests attending - predominantly relatives of those who took part in the 1916 Rising - as well as many thousands of citizens participating right along...

27. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the status of her plans for a famine memorial in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin 11; and her further plans to assign a fixed memorial day to commemorate the Great Famine, given that this tragedy has played a part in shaping Ireland and much of the world. (Question 19869/16 asked on 07 Jul 2016 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The National Famine Commemoration will take place on September 11th in Glasnevin Cemetery. As in previous years, the ceremony will include the unveiling of a permanent memorial at the site of the commemoration. Meetings between officials from my Department and the Glasnevin Trust in relation to both the arrangements for the commemoration itself and the memorial are ongoing.
With regard to a fixed memorial day, the Nation...

149. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the date for the national famine memorial day 2016. (Question 16147/16 asked on 15 Jun 2016 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 149 to 151, inclusive, together. 
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, my main focus being that the victims of the famine are remembered appropriately and respectfully.
While the commemoration ceremony retains a degree of continuity...

150. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to designate a fixed Sunday in order to mark the national famine memorial day every year. (Question 16148/16 asked on 15 Jun 2016 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 149 to 151, inclusive, together. 
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, my main focus being that the victims of the famine are remembered appropriately and respectfully.
While the commemoration ceremony retains a degree of continuity...

151. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she will mark the famine victims’ mass grave in Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin 9, located between the O’Connell and Parnell monuments, at the 2016 commemoration. (Question 16149/16 asked on 15 Jun 2016 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 149 to 151, inclusive, together. 
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, my main focus being that the victims of the famine are remembered appropriately and respectfully.
While the commemoration ceremony retains a degree of continuity...

348. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he has requested the British Government to permit a commemoration of the centenary of the execution of Roger Casement at Pentoville Prison, London on 3 August 2016. (Question 15577/16 asked on 14 Jun 2016 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, State Ceremonial Events have marked the executions of the leaders of the Rising.
Planning is underway for an event to commemorate the execution of Roger Casement on 3 August. In this context there have been some discussions with the British Government about access to Pentonville Prison in London. However, I would note that Pentonville remains a working prison, and the outcome of t...

382. Deputy Seán Crowe asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she has discussed the option of selecting a fixed Sunday in the year for the National Famine Commemoration Day with the National Famine Commemoration Committee; and if this decision will be taken soon. (Question 15404/16 asked on 14 Jun 2016 - 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. I can confirm that ...