46. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when the all-party consultation group on commemorations will next meet; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19980/18 asked on 09 May 2018)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 46, 57 and 61 together.

In the lead up to the State’s commemoration of the centenary of the events of 1916, the All-Party Consultation Group on Commemorations proved very constructive. The Group’s input will also 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.

Most nominations have now been received and I expect to receive outstanding nominations shortly. I will then be in a position to convene an early meeting of the Group.