478. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when the next meeting of the all-party consultation group on commemorations will meet in view of the fact that the group has not met for over a year. (Question 18825/18 asked on 01 May 2018)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): In the lead up to the State’s commemoration of the centenary of the events of 1916, the All-Party Consultative Group on Commemorations proved very constructive. In the upcoming years to 2023, and the various historical events falling to be remembered, such input will again be beneficial in informing the State Commemorative Programme for the remainder of the Decade of Centenaries.

Last September, my predecessor Minister Humphreys, wrote to the Ceann Comhairle requesting the Business Committee to nominate Deputies and Senators to the group.

Parties in the Northern Ireland Assembly that are not represented in the Dáil or Seanad were also requested to make nominations.

Some nominations from the Dáil, Seanad and Northern Ireland Assembly remain outstanding, but I expect most of these to be finalised shortly. I will then be in a position to convene an early meeting of the Group.