Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly has called on the Taoiseach to support the National Anthem Bill. Senator Daly was speaking following the Taoiseach’s comments that all primary school children should be taught the words of the Irish national anthem.
Senator Daly said, “I welcome the Taoiseach’s positive words on the National Anthem, he now has the opportunity to put these words into action and support the National Anthem Bill put forward by Fianna Fáil.
“While the Anthem is currently on the primary school curriculum, this Bill would give official recognition to Amhrán na bhFiann and to the Irish sign language version. This weekend as we celebrate Ireland and the symbols of our nation at home and across the world, I would urge the Government to support this Bill and to progress it through the Oireachtas.
“I would particularly like to see this done this year as 2019 marks the 110th Anniversary of the Anthem being written by Peadar Kearney. At the recent Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis we were fortunate to have been addressed by Mr. Conal Kearney and to have the Bishopstown Community School Irish Sign Language Choir perform the National Anthem for delegates.
“Our anthem is an intrinsic part of Irish identity. This weekend it will be sung in venues all across the globe. It is imperative that it is given the same honour and respect here in Ireland and that the Government support its protection”, concluded Senator Daly.