Thursday, 12 December 2019

Questions (35)

Maureen O'Sullivan


35. Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she has considered the merits of having a more advanced announcement of the national Famine memorial day and location in order to allow many of the diaspora who are citizens of other states as a direct result of the impact of the Great Famine to travel to the commemoration and book in advance; if she will progress a specific famine museum; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [51893/19]

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Written answers (Question to Culture)

As I have previously informed the House in my reply to Parliamentary Questions Numbers 3023 and 3025 of 23 July 2019, the Government, on 1st May 2018 approved the designation of the third Sunday of May each year as the National Famine Commemoration day, with the arrangements for the holding a of State commemoration on this day or the preceding Saturday to be decided each year following consultation with the relevant local authority and host community.

An announcement in relation to the designation of the location for the National Famine Commemoration 2020 will be made in the New Year.

Finally, as I have previously advised the House, decisions in relation to the curation and presentation of temporary or permanent exhibitions within national cultural institutions are operational matters for the relevant cultural institutions. However, I would like to take this opportunity to remind the Deputy that there are many local museums and other entities around the country that display material relating to the famine, such as the very significant Irish National Famine Museum at Strokestown Park, County Roscommon.