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Written Answers - Commemorative Events

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 754 No. 3

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 291.  Deputy Seán Kyne Information on Seán Kyne Zoom on Seán Kyne  asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Information on Jimmy Deenihan Zoom on Jimmy Deenihan  if he would report on the progress of the committee tasked with planning centenary celebrations for a range of historically significant events, including the Easter 1916 Rising. [6907/12]

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): Information on Jimmy Deenihan Zoom on Jimmy Deenihan I am satisfied that the Centenary commemoration of the Easter Rising in 2016 requires a comprehensive programme that will also present the economic, social and cultural history of the period. The development of the commemorative programme is therefore orientated towards the entire Decade of Centenaries 2012 to 2022 with official consideration currently being focussed on the period 2012 to 2016.

The Government envisage a framework that will feature, not only the official commemorative programme, but also the initiatives of local authorities, national cultural and sporting organisations, heritage groups and community organisations. A special effort will be made to ensure that all events are organised on an inclusive basis with respectful regard for the different traditions in Ireland. As we explore our shared heritage, we will also be mindful of the interest and affinity of the Irish abroad in the commemorative programme.

[451]With a view to the enhanced engagement required of all partners, I have made arrangements to strengthen the Oireachtas Consultation Group on commemorations. In future discussions with the group, I will be accompanied by Minister of State, Dinny McGinley and other representatives of government parties. I have also invited Senator Martin McAleese to join the group. The next meeting of this group will be on 8 February 2012.

All Government Departments, State Agencies and services of government are now being consulted in relation to their intended contribution to the official commemorative programme. There has been considerable progress recently on several elements of the commemorative programme and specific announcements can be expected shortly. I would like to emphasise my personal welcome for all suggestions and contributions to the development of the commemorative programme. If the Deputy has particular interests or concerns, I would be grateful to hear from him.

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