The State's approach to commemorating the significant historical events during the first half of the Decade of Centenaries, culminating in the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, was underpinned by a supportive structure of public consultation and guiding principles set out in the initial Statement of the Expert Advisory Group to the Government on Commemorations.
Between 2018 and 2023, the State will recall significant historical events that took place between 1918 and 1923. A consultation process is now underway to stimulate a public conversation around how the significant and sensitive historical events that took place during that period and related themes might be appropriately remembered. The Government will continue to be supported in its approach by the Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations. The commemorative programme for the second half of the Decade of Centenaries will be inclusive, respectful and authentic, with the objective of promoting a deeper understanding of differing perspectives on this sensitive period in our shared history.
The Second Statement of the Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations has recently been published and it contains guiding principles to support interested parties navigate the turbulent historical period that followed the 1916 Easter Rising until the admission of the Irish Free State into the League of Nations in 1923. You can view the Second Statement by clicking here: https://www.chg.gov.ie/app/uploads/2017/10/2017-04-10-final-second-statement-english-1.pdf .
Please note that the closing date for return of submissions is 15th January 2018.