1919 let­ters give in­sight into early Dáil work

Irish Independent - - News - Kevin Doyle

LET­TERS giv­ing an in­sight into how the Dáil op­er­ated in its in­fancy are to be made pub­lic for the first time, the Ir­ish In­de­pen­dent un­der­stands.

As part of a €2m scheme of digi­tis­ing State records, cor­re­spon­dence be­tween Diar­muid Ó hÉigeartaigh, sec­re­tary to Dáil Éire­ann, and mem­bers of Cabi­net in 1919 will be re­leased.

Cul­ture Min­is­ter Heather Humphreys is ex­pected to an­nounce the ap­proval of a num­ber of other key re­leases in the com­ing weeks.

This comes in the ap­proach to 2019, the cen­te­nary of the first Dáil.

The cul­tural Digi­ti­sa­tion Scheme is be­ing run un­der the aus­pices of the Cre­ative Ire­land pro­gramme, which hinges on in­vest­ing in our cre­ative and cul­tural in­fras­truc­ture.

It will ini­tially pro­vide fund­ing to the Na­tional Cul­tural In­sti­tu­tions and cul­tural her­itage or­gan­i­sa­tions that hold col­lec­tions of na­tional sig­nif­i­cance.

Ms Humphreys opened the Scheme last May to pro­vide grants for the digi­ti­sa­tion of and on­line ac­cess to cul­tural her­itage col­lec­tions.

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