Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (368, 369)

Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

382 Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the funding provision he has set aside for the 2016 centenary arts-related events. [34396/12]

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Gerry Adams

Question:

396 Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the consultations that have been held with cultural or arts groups regarding the forthcoming centenary commemorations. [35212/12]

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

I propose to take Questions Nos. 382 and 396 together.

My Department is engaged with the national cultural institutions on the development of an appropriate commemorative programme for the Decade of Centenaries, the period from 2012 to 2022. I have also written to certain national cultural associations with a view to developing the commemorative programme. I intend to consult further and more widely as the programme develops.

The initiatives of cultural and arts groups will be an important element of the commemorative programme. I believe the programme under development would be enhanced by drawing on the art and literature of the period to enhance our understanding of the time. Contemporary artistic expression could be an important element of our reflections on the enduring significance of the events of this historic decade.

I would, of course, be grateful to receive any suggestions that Deputies may wish to offer in this regard.

With regard to the issue of funding, commemorative initiatives to date, including arts related events, have been resourced from within the approved allocations for Departments and State services. Future funding for these matters will fall to be considered by Government in due course in the context of annual estimates.