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.

Fianna Fáil reintroducing Bill to give National Anthem official recognition

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Fianna Fáil is planning to reintroduce a Bill to the Seanad which aims to protect and give official recognition to the National Anthem.

The Protection of Copyright and Related Rights Amendment Bill was first introduced in 2016 but lapsed with the dissolution of the Dáil and Seanad.

It seeks to protect Amhrán na bhFiann from being used in advertising and will be brought by Senator Mark Daly to this year’s first Seanad sitting on January 22.

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A public consultation convened by the Seanad Public Consultation Committee in 2017 and 2017 found favourable public support for the anthem and that protocols in relation to its use should be introduced, Senator Daly said.

“As report rapporteur, I 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.

“I first introduced this Bill in 2014 due to the lapse in copyright. I was 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,” he said.

Senator Daly said it was “very fitting” that the Bill is progressed as this year marks the 110th Anniversary of the Anthem being written by Peadar Kearney

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FF to reintroduce Bill to protect and give official recognition to National Anthem 

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Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly will reintroduce the National Anthem (Protection of Copyright and Related Rights) (Amendment) Bill, in Seanad Éireann on January 22nd, the first Seanad sitting 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.

Senator Daly explained, “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 I 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.

“I first introduced this Bill in 2014 due to the lapse in copyright. I was 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”, concluded Senator Daly.

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Rapporteur of Seanad Public Consultation on National Anthem

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The report is available in full at Seanad Public Consultation Report on the National Anthem

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.

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.

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14 Acres Public Park at the Peninsula near Kenmare Pier: Secured by Community Campaign & Senator Daly

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6 years after Reverend Michael Cavanagh & Senator Daly first met NAMA and government officials the 14 acres of amenity land was finally secured for the people of the area. Great credit is due to the hard working committee chaired by Mickey Ned O’Sullivan and the many thousands who signed the petition to call on the Council to secure the land for the benefit of all. The land is now open to the public and plans are being drawn up to ensure funds are secured to put badly needed facilities and amenities in place.

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1st anniversary of Recognition of Irish Sign Language for the Deaf community Bill

Today, marks the 1st anniversary of the passage of the Irish Sign Language Bill through both houses of the Oireachtas. This Bill granted  Civil Rights for the 50,000 member of the Deaf Community after the Oireachtas Justice committee said in its report that  ‘Recognition of Irish Sign Language for the Deaf Community Bill’ was necessary to end the ‘extreme marginalisation’ of the deaf community.

This Bill gives civil rights for the 50,000 Irish Sign Language users in Ireland and puts a duty on state agencies such as hospital A&E, schools and court to provided interpreters for the deaf community. The President signed this Bill into Law on Christmas Eve 2017 making it only the 6th Bill introduced by a senator while in opposition having been signed into law by the President since the enactment of the constitution in 1937.

Speaking about the Bill today Senator Daly said, “It was a momentous achievement for everyone involved and every member of the deaf community should be proud of their work throughout the years to ensure this Bill passed. The passage of the Bill has brought the deaf community and the challenges they face more into the spotlight, but we need to keep working and striving for better inclusion in all parts of society. The deaf community face many challenges in the everyday life and I would call on the Government to keep supporting them and to make Ireland a fair place to live for every one of its citizens. One of the main parts of this Bill includes a 3 year review, which will take place in 2021. I look forward to continuing to work with many Government Departments to ensure this Bill continues to be implemented in full in advance of this review.

 

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