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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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WATCH: Senator Mark Daly speaks about a United Ireland in the Seanad

The Taoiseach should not lecture the EU to prepare for the prospect of Northern Ireland joining the Republic he must start by prepare this country for the prospect of a United Ireland.

We need to prepare for a United Ireland, the reason to unite is not now for culture or religion reasons but for economic benefits.

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