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