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.