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Minister Gildernew and Minister Ruane discuss National Famine Commemoration Day with Pat Carey T.D.

Friday, 15 October 2010

The famine in Ireland is an important part of the country’s history and it is appropriate that it should be properly remembered.

That was the message from Agriculture Minister Michelle Gildernew MP, MLA and Education Minister Caitríona Ruane MLA following their meeting with Pat Carey T.D. Minister of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs to hear first hand the preparations being made for the Famine Commemoration Event in 2011.

The Famine Commemoration Event is organised by the National Famine Commemoration Committee and it is intended to rotate the location of the event around the Island. The 2010 event was held in Co. Mayo and the 2011 event is scheduled to be held in the province of Ulster.

Minister Carey, Chair of the National Famine Commemoration Committee outlined the current plans for 2011 and the Ministers were able to discuss the potential for this event to be commemorated on an all Island basis.

Speaking at today’s event Minister Gildernew stated that: “The Famine was an event that has had repercussions for all rural communities. I am glad to have the opportunity to discuss how this important historical event can be appropriately marked and remembered across the whole region.”

Minister Ruane said: “The famine had a huge impact, not just on Ireland, but many other countries as people left this island to seek a better life abroad. Our influence spread right across the world and it is important the significance of the famine is appropriately commemorated.”

Notes to editors:

  1. The Minister for the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs announced in 2008 that National Famine Commemoration Day would be an annual event. This year’s event was held in Connacht in May.
  2. The National Famine Commemoration Committee was established to advise on the best way to commemorate the event, agreeing dates, locations and supporting events. The Committee has recently met to discuss plans for the 2011 Ulster event.
  3. All media enquiries should be directed to the DARD Press Office on 028 9052 4619. Out of office hours please contact the duty press officer via pager number 07699 715 440 and your call will be returned.