Written answers

Thursday, 1 February 2007

Department of Defence

Commemorative Events

5:00 pm

Photo of Michael MulcahyMichael Mulcahy (Dublin South Central, Fianna Fail)
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Question 56: To ask the Minister for Defence when the National Memorial to commemorate deceased members of the Defence Forces who have died in service will be erected; the location where it will be erected; the person who will be designing the memorial, the concept behind the design; the concept behind the design; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2921/07]

Photo of Willie O'DeaWillie O'Dea (Minister, Department of Defence; Limerick East, Fianna Fail)
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It is intended, with the co-operation of Dublin City Council, to erect a "National Memorial to Members of the Defence Forces who died in Service" in Merrion Square in Dublin later this year. A tender competition was undertaken to select an artist to design, construct and install the Memorial. The closing date for receipt of tenders was 30 November 2006 and five short-listed proposals were considered. A preferred tender has now been selected and subject to finalising the site for the memorial with Dublin City Council and entering into a contract with the selected artist I expect to be in a position to make a formal announcement in the coming weeks.

The funding allocated to the competition is €175,000. The timetable is dependent on a smooth passage through all stages of the planning process and the construction and installation of the Memorial.


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