Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Ceisteanna (657)

Brendan Howlin

Ceist:

657. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she has raised with the National Museum of Ireland the need for a permanent stand-alone exhibition to the Great Famine; the series of events planned for 2019 to mark the Great Famine; the funding allocated for same; her plans to mark the Great Famine; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [16168/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Culture)

As Chair of the National Famine Commemoration Committee (NFCC), I am responsible for ensuring that appropriate arrangements are in place to commemorate the Great Irish Famine. This year’s National Famine Commemoration will take place on 19th May in Sligo and will officiated at by An Taoiseach.

Proposals are currently being developed by officials of my Department and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in relation to the 2019 International Famine Commemoration and these will be submitted to the Committee for consideration shortly.

As I have previously advised the House decisions in relation to the curation and presentation of temporary or permanent exhibitions within State funded museums in Dublin are operational matters for the relevant cultural institutions or other entities concerned.