681. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when the next meeting of the famine commemoration committee is due to take place; if a decision will be made at that meeting in relation to the international dimension of the famine commemoration in 2018; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3105/18 asked on 23 Jan 2018)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): As advised to the House in my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 1852 of 16 January, the official term of office of the National Famine Commemoration Committee expired at the end of 2017. Arrangements are being made for the appointment of a new National Famine Commemoration Committee and the first meeting of the new Committee will be arranged shortly.

Officials of my Department and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade are continuing to develop proposals in relation to the 2018 International Famine Commemoration and these will be submitted to the Committee in due course.