Written answers

Tuesday, 18 June 2024

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Commemorative Plaques

Photo of Patrick CostelloPatrick Costello (Dublin South Central, Green Party)
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123. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform further to Parliamentary Question No. 221 of 23 April 2024, if he will provide an update. [25987/24]

Photo of Kieran O'DonnellKieran O'Donnell (Limerick City, Fine Gael)
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Kilmainham Gaol, National Monument 675 is in the care of the Office of Public Works.

In 1960 the Kilmainham Gaol Restoration Society was formed with the aim of restoring the Gaol as a memorial. Over the next 26 years many volunteers worked on this uniquely significant restoration project. During this time a number of plaques were placed in Kilmainham Gaol by the Restoration Society and the plaque the Deputy refers to is one such plaque.

In 1986, a decision was made by the Restoration Society to transfer the running of the Gaol back to the State under the care of the Office of Public Works (OPW).

Since the Gaol transferred to the State in 1986, the OPW has not made any changes to or replaced any of the plaques installed by the Restoration Society. The new information confirming the executions of Mr. Leo Dowling and Mr. Terrance Brady at Kilmainham Gaol has come to light and is now in the public forum. My officials will need to examine this request as part of the ongoing management of the Gaol work processes. I have requested that the matter is examined at the earliest time possible and that a further response will issue to you following those deliberations.

I have no further update at this time.


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