237. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her plans to mark the 100 year anniversary of female suffrage here; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10268/18 asked on 28 Feb 2018)
Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I marked the centenary of the passage of the Representation of the People Act 1918 on the afternoon of 6 February 2018 by launching the State programme to commemorate the introduction of voting rights for women and their right to stand in parliamentary elections. The launch at Marlay House in Marlay Park was well attended and the programme well received.
Later that evening I led statements in this House marking this important centenary. I have sent a copy of the State Programme to every member of both the Dáil and the Seanad and the programme is available on my Department’s website and the dedicated Decade of Centenaries website.
The State Programme outlines some of the key commemorative events which will be held during the year, and also includes reference to some of the events organised by the Houses of the Oireachtas which also has its origins in the general election of 1918. The State programme will complement the programme of events organised by the Houses of the Oireachtas as part of the Vótáil100 commemorative programme.