Rapporteur of Seanad Public Consultation on National Anthem

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The report is available in full at Seanad Public Consultation Report on the National Anthem

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.

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.

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