Monthly Archives: January 2016

Order of Business 21/1/16: The Lack of Funding for the Development of Rural Ireland

The Irish Medical Organization has warned that 20% of GPs will be gone in the next 5 years.

Furthermore, there is the closure of rural post offices throughout the country.

The initial government government response to the Future of Ireland report by Pat Spillane was to give the same amount of money to the issue as the they gave to the care of horses in urban areas. The government is failing rural communities.

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First 1916 Garden of Remembrance opens in the U.S.

The first U.S. 1916 Garden of Remembrance has been launched in Springfield, Massachusetts on 12 December 2015.

Senator Mark Daly first developed the idea to mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising by creating Gardens of Remembrance in villages, towns and cities throughout the country. With the help of Diarmuid Gavin a garden design concept to be replicated was created. Since the launch of the project in 2015 over 20 gardens have been set up across Ireland, a figure which is increasing. The project has been a huge success and has been adopted by our counterparts in the U.S. to commemorate the men and women who dedicated their lives to fight for Ireland.

Senator Mark Daly and Diarmuid Gavin at the launch of the 1916 Gardens of Remembrance project

United States officials including U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Vice Consul Meg Laffan of the Consulate General of Ireland in Boston took part in the groundbreaking ceremony in Springfield, that coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Irish Easter Rising.

“The rising in 1916 actually helped to create not only the modern Irish state but it was heavily influenced by the men and women who had settled here in the city of Springfield and the surrounding communities,” Neal said at the launch. “In fact, much of the financing that took place for the Rising occurred right here in Western Massachusetts.”

The garden will feature seven newly planted oak trees to represent the seven signatories of the 1916 Proclamation. In addition, there will be a life size typographical replica of the proclamation and flag poles with the tri-color Irish flag and an American flag, according to the design.

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Senator Mark Daly’s National Anthem Copyright (Amendment) Bill 2016

January 2017 – Senator Mark Daly receives approval for public consultation by Senate on Amhrán na bhFiann

Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, the Irish Overseas and Diaspora, Senator Mark Daly is due to act Coordinator of the public consultation to be held by Seanad Éireann on the national anthem in 2017.

Senator Daly added: “The purpose of this initiative is to invite submissions from interested parties or citizens to consider the most appropriate way for the State to treat the National Anthem.

“The basis of this public consultation comes from the recent change to the copyright of both the music, and lyrics, in Irish and English, of Amhrán na bhFiann. All are now out of copyright since 2012, and it’s imperative that rules and guidelines are put in place to protect the anthem.

“Over the next number of months, Seanad Éireann will consult with citizens on their views on this issue.

“The National Anthem should be respected, and protected, and I am delighted to see that there us such cross-party support for such measures,” said the Kerry based Senator.

“When copyright expired in 2012, Fine Gael gave a strong commitment to act on the issue. However, despite many attempts by me and other members of Seanad Éireann to force them into acting, they have done nothing to protect this important anthem.

“In Summer 2016, I introduced the National Anthem Protection of Copyright and Related Rights Bill 2016 to protect our national anthem.

“The lack of strict copyright in place for the national anthem has left this important state symbol exposed. Other countries have ensured that their national anthems continue to be protected by copyright. It’s important that we take similar measures to protect Amhrán na bhFiann,” concluded Daly.

LISTEN: Mark discusses the National Anthem with George Hook on Newstalk FM

Senator Mark Daly has produced special legislation to safe-guard anthem, three years after Fine Gael pledged to act. 

I have produced new legislation to protect the national anthem as copyright for Amhrán na bhFiann is currently expired. The lack of strict copyright in place for the national anthem leaves this important state symbol exposed. Copyright for the anthem officially expired at the end of 2012 and Fine Gael gave a commitment at the time to act on the issue. However they have failed to deal with this so we are bringing forward legislation to protect Amhrán na bhFiann.

Having copyright in place in very important. It protects the anthem from being used in an inappropriate fashion. We need to ensure the integrity of our national anthem is maintained.

ambhrain na bhfiann


It’s clear from the government’s lack of urgency here that Fine Gael and Labour cannot be trusted with the protection of key cultural symbols in a year of centenary celebrations.

The National Anthem Copyright and Related Rights (Amendment) Bill would provide open-ended protection so we wouldn’t find ourselves in this position again. I believe it is an important and straight-forward piece of legislation that can secure cross-party support in the Oireachtas and I am urging to government to accept this proposal in a constructive manner.

Read: Senator Mark Daly receives approval for public consultation by Senate on Amhrán na bhFiann

July 2016 – WATCH: Senator Mark Daly speak about the need to protect our National Anthem on Ireland AM

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Smoking Banned in Cars where Children are Present

A ban on smoking in cars where children are present has come into effect in the Republic of Ireland on New Year’s Day 2016. Senator Mark Daly and Independent Senators John Crown and Jillian Van Turnhout brought the legislation before the Seanad in a year ago but Gardaí were given time to work out how it would be enforced.

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Mark Daly on the smoking ban success:

“In years to come, we will find it strange that this measure did not happen a long time ago as smoking causes more deaths than suicide, alcohol and cocaine, and children exposed to second-hand smoke are more likely to have cancer in later life.”

The proposal was supported by Government and was subsequently taken through the legislative process by Minister Reilly. Minister Varadkar signed the regulations after the completion of extensive preparatory work involving An Garda Síochána, the Department of Health and the Department of Justice & Equality.

When announcing the bill, Minister for Children James Reilly said:“It’s a child protection issue in many respects. It’s not about interfering with people’s rights to have a cigarette in the car if they are on their own or with an adult, but we must protect children. We have a duty of care,” he declared.

smoking ban 2015 car

Though the law had been passed by the Dáil in December 2014, the regulations governing fixed penalty notices and the size of possible fines caused a delay in the laws coming into effect.

The offence will be enforced by the Gardaí and carries a fixed penalty of €100 with the option of tougher penalties of up to €1,000 for failing to stop or providing inaccurate details.

When a driver is observed by a Garda to be in breach of the law, the Garda may stop the vehicle and will issue a fixed charge notice for €100.

Non-payment of the fine within 28 days will lead to an increased fine. If still unpaid after 56 days, a prosecution will be initiated.

For a person who fails to stop their vehicle, fails to give an address or gives a false address, the fine upon prosecution can be up to €1,000.

To read the Protection of Children’s Health (Tobacco Smoke in Mechanically Propelled Vehicles) Act 2014 click here.

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