Kildare North TD Catherine Murphy
Kildare North TD Catherine Murphy wants Land Commission records to be made available to the public as part of the Decade of Commemorations – marking the 100th anniversary of significant Irish historical events including the War of Independence and the Civil War.
The Social Democrat representative has asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan to start making the records available, due to their historical and cultural importance.
Deputy Murphy has previously indicated to the Minister that these records have a particular significance given the decade of centenaries and the commemorations currently underway.
“This vast trove of up to eight million individual records form an integral part of helping us understand our past and for those with a particular interest in genealogy and social history they are can be a key research source to unlock many outstanding questions regarding our past and how that has shaped our present and indeed, future,” she said.
“The records exist within the Department of Agriculture and I have asked the Minister to initiate a dialogue with the Department with a view to making these records publicly available in this State, the counterparts of which are readily available publicly in Northern Ireland.”