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Seantor Daly welcomes new GAA president

I congratulate Mr. Horan and thank his wife, Paula, and Jack and Liam, his sons, for their role in his success. It required a lot of sacrifice, not only from Mr. Horan but from the family too. I thank them and acknowledge them for their service and their sacrifice. I also congratulate Mr. Horan on being the first genuine Dub to be president of the GAA. As coincidence would have it, Mickey Ned O’Sullivan was in Leinster House today. He was the captain of the all-Ireland winning Kerry team of 1975, and he has a distinction just like Mr. Horan in that he was the first Kerry captain to never receive the Sam Maguire and go up the Hogan Stand; the Dubs had a lot to do with that.

Mr. Horan, in his address, spoke about inclusion. I think of what the GAA has done in that regard, particularly in terms of the leader of the DUP attending the game in Fermanagh. That was a very important step by both sides, because there would not have been widespread or unanimous support of that from the GAA side but that is how we build inclusion and make progress. He also spoke about the relationship with ladies football and camogie, and I believe the memorandum of understanding is very important, because there are issues and tensions at local level.

The GAA has the facilities, while the ladies have the numbers; therefore, we need to make sure there is a structure for it.

Mr. Horan spoke about inclusion in the context of respect for the national anthem. I congratulate the GAA on being the first sports organisation to have sign language interpreters on the field of play for the official version of the national anthem, an issue which was debated in this House. I note that Mr. Alan Milton is in the Visitors Gallery. The GAA was the basis for the sports protocol adopted by the Oireachtas. The GAA has a far bigger protocol than other organisations, including some elements of the State.

Did expanding broadcasting bring with it greater inclusion in places such as England? That was the aim in doing so.

In the context of rural decline, Mr. Horan talked about politicians and GAA personalities being similar. I am not saying Pat Spillane is a politician, but he did great work on the issue of rural decline which is having a huge impact, especially in County Kerry where there is declining participation, not because the facilities are not available but because there are not the numbers. The activism of the GAA is important and it is addressing the issue and assisting the Government to come up with solutions. Perhaps Mr. Horan might address the issue.

My final issue is the price of tickets, which is of concern to people in County Kerry. Will Mr. Horan look at the issue to see how it might be addressed for families?

In my heart I cannot wish the Dubs the best in achieving five in a row, but I wish Mr. Horan the best of luck as Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael.

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Senator Daly introduces National Anthem Bill 2019

Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly reintroduce the National Anthem (Protection of Copyright and Related Rights) (Amendment) Bill, in Seanad Éireann on January 24th, the first Seanad sitting week of 2019. The Bill, which seeks to give official recognition to the Anthem and protect it from use for advertising purposes, was first introduced in 2016 but lapsed with the dissolution of the Dáil and Seanad.

In 2017 and 2018 the Seanad Public Consultation Committee convened a public consultation on the National Anthem. The report produced following the consultation found very favourable public support for the anthem and that protocols in relation to its use should be introduced.

As report rapporteur Senator Daly was happy to see the public engagement and the desire to protect the Anthem as much as possible from any use in commercial advertising. The National Anthem belongs to all Irish people, it is a key symbol of our identity yet it lacks protection.

Senator Daly first introduced this Bill in 2014 due to the lapse in copyright. After being contacted by constituents, unhappy with the idea of the Anthem being used for advertising purposes. Following this, I worked with members of all Parties and the Seanad Public Consultation Committee and we published this report in June 2018.

One of the findings through our work on this report was that there is a need to formally adopt the Anthem in the Irish language as this has never been done by the State.  However it was also brought to our attention that there was no official version of the anthem that could be performed by members of the Deaf Community through Irish Sign Language. The Deaf Community themselves have undergone a very thorough consultative process and have composed the official Irish Sign Language National Anthem which is provided for in this Bill.

2019 marks the 110th Anniversary of the Anthem being written by Peadar Kearney and I think it is very fitting, as we continue with the Government’s Decade of Commemorations, that we move forward with this very simple Bill. It will protect our National Anthem from being used in advertising and give official recognition to the Sign Language and Irish Language versions.

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Senator Daly pays tribute to inspirational Brian Crowley MEP as he announces his retirement from politics

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Fianna Fáil Senator, Mark Daly has said that Brian Crowley was an inspirational figure who demonstrated that adversity is there to be overcome in every part of a person’s life.

Daly was speaking as the five-time MEP and former member of Seanad Éireann; Brian Crowley announced his retirement today.

“We should never forget that Brian started the 1994 European Election campaign as a 50-1 outsider yet ended up topping the poll, a record he maintained for all subsequent elections to the European Parliament.

“The way in which he has faced, and continues to face, all the challenges life has thrown at him is an inspirational to many across the island.

“Brian represented Munster and his constituency, and indeed Irish, society with distinction in Europe. I am grateful for his dedication and his service to Fianna Fáil and to Ireland, and I wish him well with whatever he does in the future.

“In his book on his life story, he wrote that during the 1994 European election the only time he said to anyone one that he thought he would get elected is when he came back from canvassing in Sneem on St Patrick’s day, with myself and other supporters. He told his father ‘don’t tell anyone but I think I am going to get elected’. We were proud to support him then and at all elections afterwards.

“I am particularly grateful for Brian’s support for me during my senate campaigns, without which I would not have succeeded,” concluded Senator Daly.

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Bill to protect copyright of national anthem to be reintroduced in Seanad

Bill to protect copyright of national anthem to be reintroduced in Seanad

The Ireland team stand for the National Anthem during a Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Picture by: Donall Farmer/PA Archive/PA Images

A Fianna Fáil senator says he will reintroduce a bill aimed at protecting the copyright of the national anthem.

The bill – which aims to give official recognition to the Irish and sign language versions of Amhrán na bhFiann, as well as protecting the anthem from use for advertising purposes – was originally introduced in 2014.

However, it lapsed as a result of the Dáil and Seanad being dissolved ahead of the 2016 general election.

Since then, a public consultation has been held on the anthem, which included a recommendation for the development of an Irish sign language version of the anthem.

Now, Senator Mark Daly says he’ll reintroduce the bill – which would return copyright of the anthem’s music and lyrics to the State – when the Seanad meets for their first 2019 sitting.

He said: “The national anthem belongs to all Irish people, it is a key symbol of our identity yet it lacks protection.

“I first introduced this Bill in 2014 due to the lapse in copyright. I was contacted by constituents, unhappy with the idea of the Anthem being used for advertising purposes.”

He added: “[The bill] will protect our national anthem from being used in advertising and give official recognition to the Sign Language and Irish Language versions.”

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Fianna Fáil reintroducing Bill to give National Anthem official recognition

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Fianna Fáil is planning to reintroduce a Bill to the Seanad which aims to protect and give official recognition to the National Anthem.

The Protection of Copyright and Related Rights Amendment Bill was first introduced in 2016 but lapsed with the dissolution of the Dáil and Seanad.

It seeks to protect Amhrán na bhFiann from being used in advertising and will be brought by Senator Mark Daly to this year’s first Seanad sitting on January 22.

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A public consultation convened by the Seanad Public Consultation Committee in 2017 and 2017 found favourable public support for the anthem and that protocols in relation to its use should be introduced, Senator Daly said.

“As report rapporteur, I was happy to see the public engagement and the desire to protect the Anthem as much as possible from any use in commercial advertising. The National Anthem belongs to all Irish people, it is a key symbol of our identity yet it lacks protection.

“I first introduced this Bill in 2014 due to the lapse in copyright. I was contacted by constituents, unhappy with the idea of the Anthem being used for advertising purposes.

“Following this, I worked with members of all Parties and the Seanad Public Consultation Committee and we published this report in June 2018.

One of the findings through our work on this report was that there is a need to formally adopt the Anthem in the Irish language as this has never been done by the State.

“However, it was also brought to our attention that there was no official version of the anthem that could be performed by members of the Deaf Community through Irish Sign Language.

“The Deaf Community themselves have undergone a very thorough consultative process and have composed the official Irish Sign Language National Anthem which is provided for in this Bill,” he said.

Senator Daly said it was “very fitting” that the Bill is progressed as this year marks the 110th Anniversary of the Anthem being written by Peadar Kearney

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