52. Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her plans to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the 1949 declaration of a Republic in 2019; and if plans will include all political parties. (Question 17971/18 asked on 09 May 2018)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): On 18th April 1949, The Republic of Ireland Act 1948, came into operation and the State became a republic.

The 75th anniversary of that significant event arises on 18th April 2024. I will consider how this anniversary might be appropriately remembered in consultation with my Government colleagues.

I am also happy to discuss the issue with the All Party Consultation Group on Commemorations, which I am in the process of reconvening.