41. Deputy Noel Rock asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the national commemorative events that will be taking place in Glasnevin during the remainder of 2018; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19977/18 asked on 09 May 2018)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): It should be noted that Glasnevin cemetery is operated by an independent trust which organises a full programme of events throughout the year. Further details of the programme should be available from the Trust itself.

The Government, including my Department, works in close partnership with Glasnevin Trust. This includes support for specific events organised by Glasnevin Trust or as a venue to facilitate many aspects of the State’s Decade of Centenaries commemorative programme. The Trust has provided a venue for a number of key State ceremonial events, most recently the centenary of the death of Thomas Ashe on 22nd September 2017.

While there are no confirmed formal State commemorative events scheduled for Glasnevin in 2018 my Department is considering the timing and format of ceremonies to mark the ending of World War I in consultation with relevant State partners. For completeness, I might add that I recently announced plans for an official commemoration in Dún Laoghaire on 10th October 2018 to mark the centenary of the sinking of the RMS Leinster and to commemorate all of those who perished in that tragedy.