To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if funding will be available for the provision of 1916 memorials in local communities; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
– Bernard J. Durkan.
* For WRITTEN answer on Wednesday, 12th November, 2014.
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Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Ms. Heather Humphreys, T.D.)
I can confirm to the Deputy that I secured an amount of €4 million in the Budget for 2015 to allow for the roll out of an integrated plan focused on the 2016 Commemorations.
This €4 million allocation will help support a wide range of activities and events by interested groups, including local community groups and the arts and education sectors. I am, of course, keen to encourage and facilitate the involvement of ‘ground-up’ initiatives to ensure local communities can put their own shape on the commemorations as we move towards 2016.