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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

Inaction by Minister Ross on sharing of Organ Donor information risking lives – Daly
– Fianna Fáil demands change in the law ahead of Organ Donor Week –


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 those who have indicated that they are willing to be organ donors.

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

Currently there are 2.6 million driving licences issued by the Government. Since 2013, applicants for a driving licence have been asked would they be willing to be an organ donor.

“Doctors and medical professionals are currently not allowed to access this information, meaning that those involved in the facilitation of organ transplants often miss out on potential donors,” said Senator Daly who was nominated to the Seanad by the Irish Kidney Association.

“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 donations.

“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.

“Most recently Minister Ross allowed access by some private companies such as the management of the M50 motorway, E- Flow.

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Robert Troy TD added, “We need to give medical professionals and the families of those who want to donate their organs the information that is needed to make the decision in a timely manner.

“This is another example of Minister Ross’ inaction. This is a simple but important 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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1st permanent exhibition to Irish Tricolour to open this week at GPO – Daly

1st permanent exhibition to Irish Tricolour to open this week at GPO – Daly
– Commemorates 170th anniversary of 1st flying of flag by Thomas F Meagher –

The 1st ever permanent exhibition on the Irish Flag will be officially opened this Friday, 23rd February, at 2.30pm, by the Ceann Comhairle, Sean Ó Fearghail TD at the GPO Witness History Visitor Centre to commemorate the 170th anniversary of the first public flying of the Irish tricolour.
The exhibition has been installed by the Thomas F Meagher Foundation which seeks to promote pride and respect in the Irish flag and to better understand its importance in promoting peace and inclusion on the island.The Thomas F Meagher Foundation co-founders are Reverend Michael Cavanagh and Senator Mark Daly.
The centre piece of the new exhibition is an enormous polished black granite block with an exact typographical replica of the opening lines of the 1916 Proclamation where it states ‘summons her children to her flag’. This is then followed by the original quote of Meagher when he flew the flag for the first time in 1848 where he says:

“The white in the centre signified a lasting truce between orange and green. I trust that beneath its folds the hands of the Irish catholic and the Irish protestant may be clasped in generous and heroic brotherhood.

Incorporating the latest touch screen technology, the exhibition will have information on the history of the flag. Visitors can also send via email the Irish flag protocols to themselves and students can see the new educational tools on the story of the Irish Flag which the Thomas F Meagher Foundation have put in place in conjunction with the Department of Education and Skills.
Schools from around the country that intend to participate in the Thomas F Meagher Foundation Flag Day event on March 16th have also been invited to the dedication ceremony by the Ceann Comhairle.
Commenting ahead of the exhibition’s launch, Senator Daly said:
“Flag Day, on the eve of St Patrick’s Day, is where schools sell lapel pins given free to them by the Foundation for projects, causes or charities of their choosing.
“As a result of students work promoting pride in and respect for the Irish Flag and its meaning for peace, they can become eligible for the Kerry Group award and scholarship. If any schools would like to get involved, they should get in touch with the foundation at their website: www.tfmfoundation.ie,” concluded Daly.

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Next 3 weeks crucial for up to 50,000 Undocumented Irish and their hundreds of thousands of family members – Daly

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on the Diaspora, Senator Mark Daly has said that the next three weeks are incredibly crucial for the up to 50,000 undocumented Irish citizens currently living in the United States.
Senator Daly was commenting following the US Senate’s decision to fund the US Government, and commitment to seek to address immigration reform as part of larger negotiations.
“The need for agreement in the US on immigration reform, and in particular for young immigrants known as DREAMers has never been so critical.
“Only this week, we learned of a 19 year old Irish man, whose parents brought him to the United States at the age of 12 being threatened with deportation.
“Prior to Christmas, we found out that the number of Irish deported from across the US since the Trump administration took power has risen to 34 from 26.
“I fear that this is only going to get worse unless we see bipartisan agreement between Democrats and Republicans.
“I am aware that Deputy John Deasy, the Government’s Special Envoy is due to depart for the US shortly, but I really do fear that time is running out for the Irish government to have an impact in these negotiations.
“This is an issue of importance to the up to 50,000 undocumented Irish in the US and their hundreds of thousand direct family members’ right across Ireland.
“Fianna Fáil was the first political party to appoint a Spokesperson on the Irish Diaspora, and I am proud of my work, and the work of my party, to bring certainty to these families and to the Irish citizens living in the United States,” concluded Daly.

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Civil Rights legalisation by Senator Mark Daly for the 50,000 members of the Irish Deaf Community signed into law by the President of Ireland

24th December 2017

 

President’s recognition of Irish Sign Language is best Christmas present for the Deaf Community – Daly

– Fianna Fáil bill signed into law by Uachtarán na hÉireann this morning –

 
Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly has said that the signing into law of the Recognition of Irish Sign Language for the Deaf Community Bill by the President this Christmas Eve, is the best gift that the State could give to the 50,000 members of the deal community this Christmas.

Senator Daly made the comments following the President’s formal signing of the bill into law at Áras an Uachtaráin earlier today.

The Recognition of Irish Sign Language for the Deaf enshrines the right to access state services in Irish Sign Language the primary Language of the Deaf community in Ireland.

“Members of the Irish Deaf Community have been suffering extreme marginalization by the State for some time now. Today’s signing by President Michael D Higgins means that Irish deaf citizens will now be able to access State services in their own language,” he explained.

“In addition, it puts an onus onto State agencies such as hospitals, schools and the Courts to make services available for the Irish deaf community.

“This means so much to many nationwide and this news is the best Christmas present that the State could give to these citizens.

He added, “This Bill had been hard fought and the rights that it will give members of the Irish deaf community have been hard won but ultimately, today’s signing is good for society and good for Ireland’s deaf citizens.

“I am pleased that as an opposition member of the Upper House I had the opportunity to introduce this private members’ bill and for it to have passed both Houses of the Oireachtas. Today’s signing marks the 6th private members bill to be passed into last by an opposition members since the constitution was enacted 80 years ago.

“I am hopeful this Christmas Eve that its provisions can be put into practice as quickly as possible to ensure that deaf citizens will now have their civil rights fully protected,” concluded Daly

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President’s recognition of Irish Sign Language is best Christmas present for the Deaf Community – Daly

–  Fianna Fáil bill signed into law by Uachtarán na hÉireann this morning –

Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly has said that the signing into law of the Recognition of Irish Sign Language for the Deaf Community Bill by the President this Christmas Eve, is the best gift that the State could give to the 50,000 members of the deal community this Christmas.

Senator Daly made the comments following the President’s formal signing of the bill into law at Áras an Uachtaráin earlier today.

The Recognition of Irish Sign Language for the Deaf enshrines the right to access state services in Irish Sign Language the primary Language of the Deaf community in Ireland.

“Members of the Irish Deaf Community have been suffering extreme marginalization by the State for some time now. Today’s signing by President Michael D Higgins means that Irish deaf citizens will now be able to access State services in their own language,” he explained.

“In addition, it puts an onus onto State agencies such as hospitals, schools and the Courts to make services available for the Irish deaf community.

“This means so much to many nationwide and this news is the best Christmas present that the State could give to these citizens.

He added, “This Bill had been hard fought and the rights that it will give members of the Irish deaf community have been hard won but ultimately, today’s signing is good for society and good for Ireland’s deaf citizens.

“I am pleased that as an opposition member of the Upper House I had the opportunity to introduce this private members’ bill and for it to have passed both Houses of the Oireachtas. Today’s signing marks the 6th private members bill to be passed into last by an opposition members since the constitution was enacted 80 years ago.

“I am hopeful this Christmas Eve that its provisions can be put into practice as quickly as possible to ensure that deaf citizens will now have their civil rights fully protected,” concluded Daly

 

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