Written answers

Thursday, 10 April 2008

Department of Defence

Commemorative Events

5:00 pm

Photo of Aengus Ó SnodaighAengus Ó Snodaigh (Dublin South Central, Sinn Fein)
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Question 37: To ask the Minister for Defence the regularity with which the all-party 1916 Rising Commemorative Committee has met since it was announced and the remit of the committee. [7561/08]

Photo of Willie PenroseWillie Penrose (Longford-Westmeath, Labour)
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Question 45: To ask the Minister for Defence the progress made to date with regard to the proposed establishment of the All Party Oireachtas Consultation Group on the commemoration of the 1916 Rising; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13560/08]

Photo of Tom KittTom Kitt (Minister of State (Government Chief Whip), Department of An Taoiseach; Minister of State, Department of Defence; Dublin South, Fianna Fail)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 37 and 45 together.

During the lifetime of the 29th Dáil an All-Party Consultation Group on the commemoration of the 1916 Rising was established in relation to official preparations for the re-instatement of the traditional military parade at Easter and the commemorative programme to be put in place in coming years in relation to the centenary of the Easter Rising. The Group met in November 2006 and March 2007.

As a result of the last General Election, the Group had to be reconstituted to take account of the make-up of the current Oireachtas membership. On the 17th of January 2008, I wrote to the Party leaders asking them to nominate a representative for the re-constituted group. I have now received nominations from the Party Leaders and I intend to convene a meeting of the Group shortly.

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