Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (371)

Jim O'Callaghan

Question:

371. Deputy Jim O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the steps taken by his Department to progress the purchase of the rights to a book (details supplied). [7185/21]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

The importance of acknowledging, respecting and effectively dealing with the tragic legacy of the past cannot be underestimated. Lost Lives, which chronicles all of the 3,700 people killed in the conflict, is a significant historical and social resource.

The rights to Lost Lives are solely a matter for its authors, who have made such a valuable contribution to history in compiling this important work. Should the authors wish to explore what support could be provided with respect to the accessibility of Lost Lives into the future, the Government would be open and ready to engage on any appropriate avenues for that support.

The Government also facilitates remembrance of lives lost during the Troubles through a range of projects and initiatives supported by the Reconciliation Fund. These include, among many others, the annual Day of Reflection promoted by the Healing Through Remembering group to facilitate quiet remembrance of the impact of the conflict on lives across these islands, and the important work of CAIN at Ulster University, which provides a comprehensive chronology of the Troubles, and a permanent reminder of the tragic events which saw so many lose their lives and left so many bereaved.