Response to an enquiry from Michael Blanch.
Michael pioneered the formation of an official day of commemoration to honor the Victims of the Great Irish Hunger. It is now known as: the National Famine Commemoration.
Thank you for your email of 21st December 2010 enquiring whether an exhibition is to be held in the National Library as part of the programme of events for this year’s National Famine Commemoration.
I trust you will appreciate that the operation and management of the National Library, including exhibition programming, is a matter for the Director and Board of the National Library of Ireland and your query can only be answered by that body.
As has been the case in previous years, the relevant officials in my Department and the new National Famine Commemoration Committee, which I hope to appoint shortly, will certainly continue to explore the possibilities for cooperation between the National Library and the National Museum in putting together a programme of events for this year’s and future commemorations. You will recall that officials from my Department met with the former Director of the National Library, Mr. Aonghus Ó hAonghusa and had a very positive meeting. My officials are in the process of arranging a meeting with the current Director of the National Library, Ms. Fiona Ross.
Pat Carey, T.D.
Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs