It would protect the song from being used in advertising
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.”