Dáil Éireann - Volume 372 - 27 May, 1987

Written Answers. - Special and Commemorative Stamps.

18. Mr. Howlin asked the Minister for Communications if he will ensure that a stamp is issued in time to commemorate the 75th anniversary next year of the Dublin lock-out of 1913; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

22. Mr. Taylor asked the Minister for Communications if he will ensure that a stamp is issued commemorating Jim Larkin, who died 40 years ago this year; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

24. Mr. Pattison asked the Minister for Communications if he will ensure that a stamp is issued to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Labour Party, which is the oldest political party in the State; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Minister for Communications (Mr. R. Burke): I propose to take Question Nos. 18, 22 and 24 together.

The annual programme of special and commemorative stamps to be issued by An Post is approved by the Government about a year in advance so as to give An Post sufficient time to commission, study and recommend appropriate designs to the Minister for Communications and to meet publicity, marketing, production and distribution requirements. The 1987 and 1988 stamp programmes were settled by the Government in April 1986 and [2885] December 1986 respectively. None of the subjects suggested by the Deputies is included in the approved programmes.