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.

Daly calls on Govt to bring Irish citizens home from Australia

Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Transport Mark Daly has called on the Minister for Foreign Affairs to ensure that Irish citizens, stranded in Australia, are brought home.

Senator Daly said, “I have been contacted by families across Ireland whose loved ones are trying to get back to Ireland, but whose flights have been delayed or cancelled.  Some of these people want to come home to help out in the health service, while others are coming to the end of their visa and need to get home before it runs out.

“Many of those stranded have no work and are worried about running out of money.  They, or their families have shelled out huge amounts of money for flights back to Ireland, but now those flights have been cancelled.

“I am calling on Minister Simon Coveney to ensure that flights are arranged to bring those who are stranded in Australia back to Ireland.  He must engage with the relevant airlines and authorities to ensure that flights are scheduled in the coming days to cater for those wanting to come home”, concluded Senator Daly.

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Govt must implement all sections of the Irish Sign Language Bill – Daly

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– Senator issues warning as part of Irish Sign Language Awareness Week –

Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly has called on the government to ensure that it is fully prepared to enact all elements of the Irish Sign Language Bill 2016.

The Bill, gives legal recognition to Irish Sign Language and places a requirement on State agencies to devise and implement an action plan to promote the use of sign language within the organisation.  It also requires TV broadcasters to provide a subtitling service, and interpreting services for students must also be provided by the State.

Senator Daly said, “It is appropriate that as part of Irish Sign Language Awareness Week, the government and all Departments ensure that they fully understand and commit to the provisions within the Bill.

“This legislation was deaf led and was passed thanks to the hard work, dedication and determination of members of the Deaf community and the Irish Deaf Society.  We cannot allow this to become a merely symbolic Bill; the provisions contained in it give members of the Deaf community a real opportunity to play a full part in Irish Society through their first language”.

The Irish Sign Language Bill was passed in December 2017 and signed into Law by President Higgins on Christmas Eve.

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1916 Easter Rising plaque unveiled at Washington Monument in DC


Thomas F Meagher, the creator of the Irish flag, is recognized in plaque

Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising has been officially commemorated in Washington, DC as a bronze plaque was unveiled at the Washington Monument this week.

RTÉ reports that while the plaque was originally presented by President Michael D. Higgins to the US National Parks Service in 2017, the monument has been closed to the public for renovations since August 2016 and is set to reopen on September 19.

The bronze plaque includes a replica of the 1916 Rising Proclamation and references Thomas F. Meagher, the creator of the Irish Flag, as the embodiment of the links between the two Republics. Meagher fought in the Irish Rising of 1848 and in the ‘Fighting Irish’ 69th regiment of the Union Army in the American Civil war.

Speaking during Wednesday’s ceremony, Irish Senator Mark Daly said: “The permission for this plaque was given in 2016 to celebrate the centenary of the 1916 Rising, but as the Washington Monument has been closed for the last number of years for structural works, this is the first time the plaque will be seen by the public.

“I am delighted to have been invited to the Washington Monument to see the plaque unveiling. This is a great honor for Ireland and shows the strong and enduring friendship between Ireland and the United States.

“Our relationship with the US is one of our most important, its commitment to peace and prosperity on this island is invaluable. It’s extremely rare to secure permission for a new plaque – the last time this happened was when Alaska became a State in 1949, and it took until 1982 for that plaque to be installed.

“Ireland is one of only 17 nations to have a plaque in the monument, most of which were installed in the 1800s when the monument was under construction.

“The Washington Monument contains commemorative and memorial stones received from all 50 States. The majority of stones were received between 1849 and 1855, and these memorial stones are only accepted in very rare circumstances, such as the admission of a new state to the union or replacement of a previously donated stone.

“The announcement of the permission for the installation of a plaque from Ireland was made by the United States National Park Service on St. Patrick’s Day 2016.”

Separately on Facebook, Senator Daly said he spearheaded the plaque after he learned “there was no plaque from Ireland in the monument because Britain would not allow its colonies to give money toward the building of the monument to honor the General who defeated them in the American War of Independence.”

Also present was Ireland’s Minister of State for the Office fo Public Works Kevin Moran who said: “This plaque will now be visible to the public for the first time and honors the connection to George Washington and the fight for Independence. This rare honor celebrates the shared heritage of our two nations and reminds us of our precious friendship and ties.”

Acting Chief of Staff at the White House Mick Mulvaney will visit the Monument with Senator Daly and Minister Moran on Thursday morning.

Ireland’s Ambassador to the US Dan Mulhall was also in attendance during Wednesday’s ceremony:

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RTE NEWS: Washington Monument reopens with Irish plaque on show

The iconic Washington Monument has been reopened to the public for the first time in three years.A plaque commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising was hung inside the monument while it was closed for renovations.

The US First Lady, Melania Trump, attended today’s reopening ceremony.

Also present was the Acting White House Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney, who accompanied Irish officials to view the 1916 Rising plaque.

“This is about the contribution Irish-Americans have made to this structure and to this nation,” he said. “It’s nice to know this plaque will be here along with all these other fantastic monuments.”

The plaque, which contains the wording of the 1916 Proclamation, was presented to the US National Park Service on behalf of the President and people of Ireland to mark the anniversary of the 1916 Rising.

The Minister of State, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, and Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly, travelled to the US for the unveiling of the plaque.

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Plaque commemorating 1916 Rising unveiled at Washington Monument in the US

The plaque was a gift from President Michael D Higgins on behalf of the people of Ireland.

A PLAQUE COMMEMORATING the events of the Easter 1916 Rising in Dublin has been unveiled at the Washington Monument in the US capital.

The plaque – which displays the 1916 proclamation – was unveiled as one of the most iconic landmarks in the US reopens after several years of construction and repairs.

Attendees at yesterday’s ceremony included Minister of State Kevin Boxer Moran, Senator Mark Daly and Irish ambassador to the US Dan Mulhall.

The plaque was presented by President Michael D Higgins to the US National Park Service on behalf of the Irish people.

It is the first new plaque to be installed at the Washington monument since 1982, and joins 193 others at the landmark.

US interior secretary David Bernhardt said that it “serves as a reminder of the special camaraderie between the people of Ireland and the USA”.

Ambassador Dan Mulhall said the plaque also memorialises Thomas Francis Meagher and the Irish contribution to America.

Moran added that it was a “great honour” to attend the ceremony.

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