Written answers

Thursday, 10 September 2020

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Commemorative Events

Photo of Éamon Ó CuívÉamon Ó Cuív (Galway West, Fianna Fail)
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87. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when the parliamentary consultative committee on the decade of commemorations will be reconstituted; the proposed make-up of the committee; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [23124/20]

Photo of Catherine MartinCatherine Martin (Dublin Rathdown, Green Party)
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The All-Party Consultation Group on Commemorations has proved a very constructive forum throughout the Decade of Centenaries and in the upcoming years to 2023, such input will again be beneficial in contributing to the Decade of Centenaries Programme.

I am currently considering the reconstitution of the Group and I will be seeking nominations to the group as soon as is practicable. Once these nominations have been received, I will then be in a position to convene an early meeting of the Group.

As the Minister with responsibility for leading the Decade of Centenaries commemorative programme, my priority is to ensure that the Government's approach to the remembrance of the significant historical events and related themes of the period from 1920 to 1923 is appropriate, measured, respectful, inclusive and sensitive to the different perspectives that persist on the events of this period. I look forward to engaging with colleagues across the Oireachtas and others in this context.


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