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Senator Daly’s Motion to thank the U.S. National Parks Service for ensuring replica of 1916 Proclamation be placed in the Washington Monument passed
Seanad Eireann has passed a motion thanking the United States National Parks Service and the United States Department of the Interior for ensuring a replica of the 1916 Proclamation presented by the President of Ireland will be placed in the Washington Monument on the Mall, Washington DC in the United States. It is recognizing that this year marks the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising and also the 100th anniversary of the United States National Park Service; recognising that Ireland is just one of 17 foreign countries to be given this particular honour and distinction; acknowledging that there have only been five plaques placed in the monument in the last 75 years and that this will be the 194th plaque in the monument, the others being from each state of the Union and organisations which helped in the building of the monument to General George Washington; and further thanking the Secretary of State at the United States Department of the Interior, Ms. Sally Jewell; the Director of the United States National Parks Service, Mr. Jonathan B. Jarvis; the Chief of Staff, Ms Maureen Foster; the Deputy Chief of Staff, Ms Nikki Buffa; and the National Mall Director of the United States National Parks Service, Ms Alexa Viets, for their assistance.
Transcript, Order of Business 15th December 2016
Senator Mark Daly: Yes, before No. 1. I propose that the Cathaoirleach would then send the necessary letters on behalf of the House. This is the last month of the decade of commemorations relating to 1916. The National Park Service of the Department of the Interior in the United States has afforded Ireland a distinct honour by having a replica of the 1916 Proclamation placed inside the Washington monument. It is one of only 17 countries to be given such an honour and only five plaques have been placed within the Washington monument in the past 75 years. President Michael D. Higgins gave the plaque on behalf of the citizens of Ireland at home and abroad and it is hoped that the Taoiseach, on behalf of the nation, will attend there next March to formally dedicate it. I hope the Cathaoirleach, with the acceptance of the Leader, will send the letters to those in the United States who helped with that particular proposal.
Senator Jerry Buttimer: I am very happy to accept Senator Mark Daly’s amendment to the Order of Business. On a very serious note, I recognise the significance of the motion which conveys our thanks to the National Parks Service of the United States. As Senator Mark Daly rightly said, Ireland is just one of 17 countries to be given this distinction and unless I am mistaken, it is one of only five plaques to be placed at the Washington Monument, which is an indication of the significant contribution made by the State in the eyes of the United States of America. I thank the men and women of the National Parks Service of the United States which is part of the US Department of the Interior as it is an acknowledgement of the huge contribution made in the 1916 Rising, following which many people emigrated to the United States where they played a role in civic life. The motion is important and I am happy for it to be taken today.
An Cathaoirleach: Senator Mark Daly has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business: “That No. 30, non-Government motion No. 13 re National Park Service of the United States, be taken before No. 1.” The Leader has indicated that he is prepared to accept the amendment. Is it agreed to? Agreed.
Expressions of Gratitude: Motion
That Seanad Éireann:
– thank the United States National Parks Service and the United States Department of the Interior for ensuring a replica of the 1916 Proclamation presented by the President of Ireland on behalf of the Irish people, at home and abroad, will be placed in the Washington Monument on the Mall, Washington DC in the United States of America
– recognising that this year marks the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising and also the 100th anniversary of the United States National Park Service;
– recognising that Ireland is just one of 17 foreign countries to be given this particular honour and distinction;
– acknowledging that there have only been five plaques placed in the monument in the last 75 years and that this will be the 194th plaque in the monument, the others being from each state of the Union and organisations which helped in the building of the monument to General George Washington;
– and further thank the Secretary of State at the United States Department of the Interior, Ms. Sally Jewell; the Director of the United States National Parks Service, Mr. Jonathan B. Jarvis; the Chief of Staff, Ms Maureen Foster; the Deputy Chief of Staff, Ms Nikki Buffa; and the National Mall Director of the United States National Parks Service, Ms Alexa Viets, for their assistance.
I thank the Leader and the Cathaoirleach for their assistance.
Fianna Fáil is proposing to give Irish citizens living overseas the right to vote in elections for the office of President and Seanad Éireann.
The party’s Spokesperson for the Irish Overseas and Diaspora Senator Mark Daly is detailing the reforms.
Senator Daly says “Ireland has a huge responsibility to our citizens living in other countries and Fianna Fáil believes we must maintain strong ties with the Irish living abroad while strengthening ties with the countries and communities they live in.”
There are approximately 70 million people of Irish heritage living overseas as well as 1.2 million Irish-born citizens living in other countries across the world.
According to the OECD, Ireland now has the highest share of nationals living abroad in the OECD countries. More than 17% of Irish-born persons aged 15 and over lives overseas.
Speaking as the party publishes its ‘Policy proposal for the Irish Overseas and Diaspora’, Senator Daly has said: “The global Irish footprint continues to grow and a key priority for us now is to pursue reforms that include extending voting rights to citizens living outside of the State. Ireland is entering the era of new politics, marked by new possibilities. We should be taking this opportunity to embrace change.
“In order to fulfil the democratic aspirations of all our people we must allow all Irish citizens the right to vote in our presidential elections including Irish citizens in the North. There are other European examples of parliamentary representation for citizens living outside of the State and a reformed Seanad should extend the right to vote to Irish citizens abroad. For example in Portugal where 20% of the electorate live overseas, its citizens living abroad can vote in the Assembly of the Republic elections for a set number of seats. The French Senate also has a set number of positions for election by French nationals living outside of the state.
“If we’re serious about political reform here at home we must recognise that the global Irish community can have an important input into maintaining our democracy. Aside from extending voting rights I believe we should examine initiatives such as the establishment of an ‘Irish Card’ which would provide benefits such as scholarships for international students and visa-free travel for business and tourism; a specific educational level travel programme to bring young people with Irish heritage to the country to experience our culture, history, and environment; and efforts to promote Irish educational institutes abroad by increasing access to third-level for passport holders and the Diaspora.
“This week countries all over the world will celebrate our national holiday. Festivals, community events and political partnerships held around St. Patrick’s Day offer a unique opportunity for Ireland to showcase the country, our history, heritage and culture. Not only is this important from a business perspective in promoting Ireland it is important to all Irish citizens living abroad to recognise them as a continued extension of Ireland. Giving those citizens a say in the future direction of the country would send a strong message of inclusion, that they can still have an impact on the future of the country so many millions still call home.”