71. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the funding that will be provided by the State to commemorate events following the public consultation into the way in which the significant events of the 1918 to 1923 period will be appropriately remembered; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20143/18 asked on 09 May 2018)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): The Government’s approach to the remembrance of the significant historical events and themes of the period from 1918 to 1923 will continue to be informed by the guidance of the Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations. The Advisory Group has examined the submissions received under the public consultation process and is now considering the advice that it will provide to Government.

In 2018 my Department is providing €850,000 towards commemorative events and programmes under the Decade of Centenaries including a funding allocation of €5,000 programme to each local authority. This will support local authorities in developing commemorative initiatives to encourage people of all ages to explore the significant events and themes of 1918. Activities will be aligned to the thematic strands of the State Centenary Programme for 2018 and the guiding principles of the Second Statement of the Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations. Funding for future years will be considered in the context of the overall approach by Government to the next period as part of the normal Estimates process.