63. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her plans to mark the 70th anniversary of the National Symphony Orchestra; if she has discussed this with the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9976/18 asked on 28 Feb 2018)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): While the RTÉ  National Concert Orchestra does not come under the remit of my Department, I note that the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra did celebrate its 70th birthday with a special birthday concert from the National Concert Hall on 16th of February and broadcast live on Lyric FM.

My Department is maintaining close contact with the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment in relation to the RTÉ review of orchestral music as set out in my reply to today’s question number 21.