41. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when the public consultation will report into the way in which the significant events of the 1918 to 1923 period will be appropriately remembered; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10157/18 asked on 28 Feb 2018)
Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): The State’s commemorative programme for the second half of the Decade of Centenaries will remember the significant historical events between 1918 and 1923 and important themes of the period. The Government will continue to be supported in its approach by the guidance of the Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations.
My predecessor, Minister Heather Humphreys T.D., launched the Decade of Centenaries public consultation process last October, in order to assist the Advisory Group in its work to provide advice to the Government over the remainder of the Decade. The objective of this process is to give interested parties the opportunity to submit their views and ideas around how the significant and sensitive historical events between 1918 and 1923 and related themes, might be appropriately and respectfully remembered, in line with the principles expressed in the Second Statement of the Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations. The public consultation process was originally due to close on 31st January 2018 and the closing date was extended until today (28th February) to give all interested parties who would like to make submissions the opportunity to do so.
The Expert Advisory Group will consider the submissions received and will then provide advice and guidance to Government on the State’s approach to commemorations over the remainder of the Decade.