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Urgent Action on the Undocumented Irish needed – Daly


– President Trump’s executive orders causing deep anxiety for 50,000 in USA –

Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Irish Overseas and the Diaspora, Senator Mark Daly has called on the Foreign Affairs Committee to hold a special hearing to discuss the situation of the undocumented Irish in the United States in the wake of new executive orders signed by President Trump.

Commenting on the issue Senator Daly said: “President Trump has this week signed an executive order which prioritises the deportation of undocumented immigrants who have been convicted of any criminal offence.

As part of this latest executive order, President Trump is attempting to deny federal funds to so-called sanctuary cities that shield undocumented immigrants from deportation.

“Undoubtedly, this is causing a great deal of fear, stress and anxiety for the 50,000 undocumented Irish living in the United States and I have requested that the Foreign Affairs Committee hold a special hearing to discuss the situation,” said the Kerry-based Senator.

“The Government must step up and do more. This does not only affect the undocumented Irish in America but it is also causing a great deal of worry for their families in Ireland. Time is of the essence and the Government must immediately engage with the new administration and make the case for the thousands of Irish who have put down roots in America and made it their home.

“I and my Party colleagues in Fianna Fáil will continue to highlight this issue. The situation is too serious for thousands of Irish people for it to be a peripheral Government concern. They must act to try and secure a more favourable outcome than the situation that tens of thousands of undocumented Irish are currently facing,” concluded Daly.

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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

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Daly calls on the Government to implement Smart Tagging as 500 collisions causing serious injury or death involve banned drivers

Senator Mark Daly has called on the government to implement Section 21 of the Criminal Justice which allows for smart tagging or electronic tagging for those charged with a serious offence.

Following reports this week that drivers who were already banned from driving were involved in 500 collisions causing serious injury or death.

Senator Daly commented “This government needs to implement smart policing and smart tagging criminals will allow Gardai to check on their smart phone if the driver is disqualified. This law is already in place it just needs the Government to implement it.

“Rural Ireland is living in fear and this system would not only cut crime rates, but it also makes economic sense as people who are released from prison and tagged would only cost the taxpayer €6.45 a day whereas it costs €263 to keep a prisoner in jail.

LISTEN: RTE Radio 1 – Senator Daly discusses his proposal to tag disqualified drivers likely of re-offending 4th January 2017
 

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