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With 40 million of the 70 million global Irish community living in the United States, it is Ireland’s single largest overseas community. The ongoing issue to provide visas for the 50,000 undocumented Irish remains a concern to Senator Daly as Spokesperson for the Irish Overseas and the Diaspora. Senator Daly has been working with the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform and former Congressman Bruce Morrison, the creator of the Morrison Visa, to try and secure a new US visa for these Irish people living over there.

WATCH: Senator Mark Daly discusees Trump’s immigration policy and the undocumented Irish on Claire Byrne Live

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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: Information on Mark Daly Zoom on Mark Daly I propose that No. 30, non-Government motion No. 13, be approved by the House. I will have one of my colleagues second it.

An Cathaoirleach: Information on Denis O'Donovan Zoom on Denis O'Donovan Is it to be taken before No. 1?

Senator Mark Daly: Information on Mark Daly Zoom on 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.

  Finally, I wish everyone a happy Christmas, including Senator Norris.

 

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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.

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An Cathaoirleach: Information on Denis O'Donovan Zoom on Denis O'Donovan 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.

  Order of Business, as amended, agreed to.

Expressions of Gratitude: Motion

Senator Mark Daly: Information on Mark Daly Zoom on Mark Daly I move:

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.

Senator Jerry Buttimer: Information on Jerry Buttimer Zoom on Jerry Buttimer I second the motion.

  Question put and agreed to.

 

 

 

 

 

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Time for Irish Citizens Abroad to have vote in Presidential & Seanad Elections

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.”

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Senator Mark Daly meets US President Obama at the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations at the White House, 17th March 2014.


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.”

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Click here to view the 4th Edition of the Policy for the Irish Overseas and Diaspora (pdf.)

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Washington Monument to Receive Commemorative Plaque from Ireland, coordinated by Senator Mark Daly

The Washington Monument will receive a commemorative plaque from the people of Ireland in recognition of the long and enduring relationship between Ireland and the United States, the National Park Service announced on Thursday. The donation was coordinated with the National Park Service by Senator Mark Daly of the Irish Seanad Éireann, who is the Irish Spokesperson for the Irish Overseas and Diaspora. The plaque will be located among the 193 commemorative stones donated to honor George Washington located on the monument’s interior walls. The announcement was made on St. Patrick’s Day, the international celebration of Irish culture honoring the foremost patron saint of Ireland.
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The Plaque will be located inside the Washington Monument, the last being installed 34 years ago.

“For more than 160 years, American states, organizations and even foreign governments have honored the ideals of General George Washington with commemorative gifts to the Washington Monument,” said Gay Vietzke, superintendent of National Mall and Memorial Parks. “We are honored by this gift from the people of Ireland that continues this tradition and celebrates the shared heritage of our two nations.”
 The Washington Monument contains commemorative and memorial stones received from all 50 states; scores of fraternal and community organizations, cities and towns across America; and even 16 foreign countries. The majority of stones were received between 1849 and 1855, although the most recent new donation was accepted in 1982 (from the state of Alaska).  Memorial stones are now accepted only in very rare circumstances, such as the admission of a new state to the union or replacement of a previously donated stone. The offer of a plaque from Ireland was accepted after ensuring it met proper criteria for inclusion in the Washington Monument, and review and approval by the director of the National Park Service. The presentation of the plaque from Senator Daly is targeted for this coming May in Washington.
About National Mall and Memorial Parks
The National Park Service’s National Mall and Memorial Parks preserves, protects, and interprets the symbolic and monumental civic spaces and commemorative works in the center of the Nation’s Capital that honor American ideals and values, distinguished public figures, and military and civilian sacrifices and contributions. On the National Mall these sites include the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, World War II Memorial, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. National Mall and Memorial Parks also serves as a public park and open space for active civic and cultural engagement, recreation, and public enjoyment.
Press Release by Mike Litterst, mike_litterst@nps.gov, of the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington.

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American family living in Ballinskelligs for 5 years fight to stay in Ireland amid threats of deportation.

The Ware family has been living in Ballinskelligs in Kerry for the past five years where they have greatly integrated into the local community.

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Read about their struggle with the Irish immigration services here.

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