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Active Citizenship means to play an active role in the society in which we live. It is about how we treat others whilst being accepting of differences and remaining conscious of the importance of diversity, equality and inclusion. It is about acknowledging that while we, as citizens, have rights but responsibilities also. By actively participating as citizens, together we can create the society we want – at home in the family, by volunteering in our community and by voting in elections and referendums.

Active Citizenship requires leadership. Therefore, it is important we choose our representatives carefully and those which we trust. Elected representatives must carry out their role in an accountable and open manner. By taking responsibility together for our society is the best way to make Ireland the ideal place where we want to live.

Inaction by Minister Ross on sharing of Organ Donor information risking lives – Daly

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– Nearly 1,000,000 indicate on driving license they want to be an organ donor yet minister still refuses to allow access to this information by families and heath care professionals –
Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly has demanded a change in the law that would save more lives by allowing state agencies to share information on people who have indicated that they are willing to be organ donors. Nearly 1,000,000 people have indicated on their driving license that they want to be organ donors yet because of the minister’s inaction this information is unavailable to heath care professionals.

Senator Daly was commenting in advance of Organ Donor Week which starts on Tuesday.

He’s calling on the Transport Minister to allow medical professionals access to driving licence information so that they can establish if a driver license holder is an organ donor.  The government already allows licence details to be shared with other State bodies.

Senator Daly, who was nominated to the Seanad by the Irish Kidney Association, explained, “There are around 2.6 million driving licence holders in Ireland at the moment. Since 2013, driving licence applicants have been asked if they would they be willing to be an organ donor. However, doctors and medical professionals are currently not allowed to access this information.  This means that those involved in the facilitation of organ transplants often miss out on potential donors.

“The Minister for Transport needs to act. It is unacceptable and short sighted not to allow driving license information that could save and transform lives be shared with medical professionals involved in organ donation. The research shows that if a family is informed by a heath care professional that their loved one indicated on a driving license that they wanted to be an organ donor, consent to donate an organ increase to 92%.

“The government allows driving licence details to be shared with other State bodies such as the Courts Service, the Road Safety Authority and the Health and Safety Authority, and most recently Minister Ross allowed access to a private company – E-Flow to assist the management of the M50”.

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Robert Troy TD added, “Medical professionals, and the families of people who want to donate their organs, need to be given this information as soon as possible.  Delays can cost lives.

“This is another example of Minister Ross’s inaction. This is an important yet simple change, and I feel the government’s laissez faire approach to this issue is not acceptable”.

Senator Daly concluded, “I am calling on Minister Ross to make the simple legislative changes that are needed to streamline and speed up the organ donation process”.

 

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‘Leo should back Anthem bill’ Daly

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‘Leo should back Anthem bill’ Daly

Simon Brouder,
The Kerryman
Simon Brouder,
23 March 2019,

 

Kenmare based Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly is calling on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to support FF’s National Anthem Bill.

While in Chicago for the city’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations Mr Varadkar was asked if Amhrán na bhFiann’ – of which only about half of Irish people actually know the words -should be taught in schools.

“I think it would be a good idea for the national anthem to be taught in schools. It was actually taught to me when I was in primary school. Whether it was mandatory or not, I don’t know. That’s where I learnt the anthem, so I think that would be good,” he said.

Mr Varadakar was keen to play down any overly nationalistic aspect to the suggestion.

“I don’t think I would go down the American route, you know the pledge of allegiance at the start of the day, I’m not sure that would really fit in with the Irish culture. But the words of the national anthem – I think that is something every kid should learn in primary school,” he said.

The Taoiseach’s comments have led to a call from Senator Daly – a long time proponent of the importance of the anthem – for Mr Varadkar and his Government to back Fianna Fáil’s Bill.

“I welcome the Taoiseach’s positive words on the National Anthem, he now has the opportunity to put these words into action,” said Sen Daly.

“While the Anthem is currently on the primary school curriculum, this Bill would give official recognition to Amhrán na bhFiann and the Irish sign language version. I urge the Government to support the Bill and progress it through the Oireachtas,” he said.

“Our anthem is an intrinsic part of Irish identity. This weekend it was 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 Sen Daly.

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Daly calls on Taoiseach to support National Anthem Bill

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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.

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February 2019 Tracking Poll

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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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