Category Archives: Active Citizenship

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.

Funding for Sign Language Interpreters must be matched by commitment to guarantee civil rights of Irish Deaf community – Daly

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Fianna Fáil Senator, Mark Daly has said that the additional funding being allocated for increasing the number of Sign Language Interpreters must be matched with a commitment to pass the Sign Language Recognition Bill by both Houses of the Oireachtas as soon as possible.

Senator Daly made the call following the publication of the National Disability Inclusion Strategy 2017-2021 by Minister Finian McGrath.

“It is very welcome that the Minister has committed to increasing funding additional funding to enable the Sign Language Interpreting Service hire additional trained Sign Language and Deaf Interpreters.

“In addition, ensuring that all interpreters are able to provide a high quality service through the establishment of a quality-assurance and registration scheme, and providing on-going professional training and development will be welcomed by the Irish Deaf community.

“However, this funding for vital services must be matched with a commitment to deliver on the civil rights of the Irish Deaf community and allow them engage officially with the Irish state in their own language, Irish Sign Language.

“For the last number of months, I have been working with the Irish Deaf community, and the Government to get the best possible bill passed to enshrine their rights.

“The Sign Language Recognition Bill passed Committee Stage in the Seanad last month, and I have received confirmation from the Seanad Office that Report and Final Stage will be taken as soon as the Seanad reconvenes in September.

“The Government must commit to providing government time in the Dáil to ensure that it passes its legislative processes as quickly as possible so that it can be implemented as quickly as possible.

“The Irish Deaf community should not be forced to wait any longer. They have waited long enough, and now is the time for all of us to work together to pass this bill, and make good on our commitment to them,” concluded Daly.

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New stamp celebrates ‘Father of the Flag’

29/06/2017 The ‘Father of the Irish Tricolour’, revolutionary and soldier, Thomas Francis Meagher is celebrated in a new stamp released by An Post today (Thursday).  Designed by Dublin design studio WorkGroup, the stamp is based on a portrait of Meagher, by Charles, with the colours of the Tricolour in the background.

 

The stamp and a very collectable First Day Cover (FDC) are available from main post offices, at the stamp counters at Dublin’s GPO or online via www.irishstamps.ie.

 

Thomas Francis Meagher was born in Waterford. The family lived in what is now the Granville Hotel but later moved to a large house opposite the site on which the Waterford Treasures Museum is located.

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The Recognition of Irish Sign Language For The Deaf Community Bill 2016 was passed through Committee Stage

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Highlighting the Failures of the War on Drugs

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The letter I received from the Director of the U.S. National Park Service giving Permission to my request for a replica of the 1916 Proclamation to be put in the Washington Monument

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May 18, 2017 · 1:45 pm