Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (366)

Jerry Buttimer

Question:

380 Deputy Jerry Buttimer asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if he will provide an update on plans for centenary commemorations of 1916; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34347/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht)

On behalf of the Government, I am developing a national commemorative programme for the period from 1912 to 1922. Centred on the Easter Rising, this commemorative programme will seek to reflect the political, economic, social and cultural issues of this most historic decade.

So far in 2012, a number of commemorative events — both North and South — have been held, the principal ones of which are listed in the following table.

Table

8 March

Belfast — Lecture Series

12 March

London Houses of Westminster 3rd Home Rule Bill exhibition

28/29 March

Carson Lecture — Iveagh House

April — October

NLI Lecture Series on Home Rule and the Covenant.

11 April

Waterford Redmond Memorial Lecture

19 April

Belfast — Presbyterian Event “Christ Church and Covenant”

May

Hugh Lane- 3rd Home Rule Bill Exhibition

8 July

National Day of Commemoration

Further events are in planning for the Autumn.

My Department is engaged with the national cultural institutions on their contributions to the commemorative programme. I have also written to certain national associations in relation to their participation and support for the programme. I intend to consult further as the programme develops.

I would be grateful also to receive any suggestions that the Deputy may wish to offer in this regard.