How should we protect our national anthem? Seanad to hear ideas from teachers, soldiers and students

THE SEANAD IS to hear from a range of people about how best to protect our national anthem.

The upper house of our Parliament wants to know if we should protect the anthem by enshrining it in legislation. Time is also a factor as the copyright for the song which was composed in 1907 by Peadar Kearney and Patrick Heeney, is due to expire.

The song, which is written in Irish, was used by rebels during the 1916 Easter Rising, by the IRA during the War of Independence and was and was used often at military functions as a popular Irish Army tune.

Seanad Public Consultation Committee will hold hearings on the anthem on 5 December.

It intends to publish a report on the matter next year.

Seanad Leas-Chathaoirleach and committee chairman, Senator Paul Coghlan, said:  “On Tuesday, we will begin our hearings with a number of the contributors in the Seanad Chamber to discuss the issue in greater detail; to consider options such as the passing of legislation, if necessary, the issuing of guidelines, or that no change is necessary to the current public accessibility.

Senator Mark Daly added that the purpose of this consultation is to discuss with interested parties the most appropriate way the State should treat the national anthem.

He added: “This consultation process is being considered in the context of the music and English and Irish lyrics of the National Anthem no longer being in copyright. Legislative proposals have been made to address this issue and Seanad Éireann would like to consult with citizens on their views on this issue. The debate around this issue includes aspects of copyright law, cultural tolerance, respect for national symbols, public opinion, free speech and a range of other factors.”

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Inappropriate use of national anthem to be discussed in Seanad

Sanctions for inappropriate use of the national anthem Amhrán na bhFiann, will be discussed in the Seanad on Tuesday.

 

Its music and wording were used in a 2015 advertisement by former Kerry footballer Paul Galvin to promote a line of clothing at Dunnes Stores.

Mr Galvin said at the time lyrics from the anthem inspired the name of his Vanguard debut collection. “Warriors are we’” (Sinne fianna fáil) and “Sworn to be free” (Fé mhóid bheith saor), two lines translated from the anthem, appeared on T-shirts and sweatshirts Mr Galvin designed for Dunnes.

Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly, rapporteur for the relevant Seanad public consultation committee, said Trinity College’s Prof Eoin O’Dell would appear before the committee on Tuesday to discuss how and what sanctions might be applied for such inappropriate use.

Amhrán na bhFiann has been out of copyright since 2012, 70 years after the death of its author Peadar Kearney, Mr Daly said. He believed it was the only national anthem in this situation, while its Irish language version “was never formally adopted” by the State.

It was “the only State symbol not protected,” as the harp and flag were. He also pointed out that, while Guinness also used a harp as a symbol, where the State was concerned the harp was “reversed, with a different number strings for different institutions of government”.

Anthem’s custodians

Among those appearing before the committee in its two sessions on Tuesday will be representatives of the Department of Finance, which has responsibility for copyright in such matters, and the Defence Forces who are generally seen as custodians of the anthem.

Also there will be Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Tony Fitzgerald who has been discussing the national anthem on visits to schools in the city. One such school was in Bishopstown where a deaf student challenged him as to why the anthem wasn’t available in sign language. That student, too, will also appear before the Seanad committee.

Mr Daly said the committee has received over 100 submissions from the public on the anthem.

“A few proposed it be replaced by Ireland’s Call,” he said, “and two proposed the words ‘fianna fáil’ be dropped from its opening line ‘Sinne fianna fáil’.

Word change

That, he “opposed 100 per cent.” There was “no public support, I believe, for changing the wording of Amhrán na bhFiann. Some years ago, the idea of removing ‘fianna fáil’ from our national anthem was mooted by a number of figures connected with Fine Gael. ”

But “common sense prevailed” when former minister for finance Michael Noonan “stepped in, and stamped out any talk of changing the words. Fianna Fáil does not, and will never, support such a change,” Mr Daly said.

The original Soldiers’ Song (Amhrán na bhFiann) was written in English by Pedar Kearney in 1907. The Irish language version was first published in 1923, three years before the Fianna Fáil party was set up.

Amhrán na bhFiann was formally adopted as the national anthem in 1924. A recent opinion poll “showed 82 per cent support” for it, Mr Daly said.

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Changing national anthem will not be supported by Fianna Fáil – Daly

Fianna Fáil Senator, Mark Daly has said that any proposal to remove the words ‘Fianna Fáil’ from the national anthem is simply populism.

“Over the past number of weeks, there has been a public consultation on the use of, and guidelines surrounding, our national anthem, Amhrán na bhFiann.

“Many different viewpoints have been received by the Seanad public consultations committee, which will meet on Tuesday the 5th of December to hear from the Minister for Finance, the Defence Forces, the Lord Mayor of Cork, schools, experts on copyright and members of the Deaf Community.

“While every person is entitled to put forward their opinions on the national anthem, we were surprised to receive a number of submissions which proposed changing the lyrics of Amhrán na bhFiann.

“There is no public support, I believe, for changing the wording of Amhrán na bhFiann‘.

“Some years ago, the idea of removing Fianna Fáil from our national anthem was mooted by a number of figures connected with Fine Gael.

“Thankfully common sense prevailed, and the former Minister for Finance, and Fine Gael grandee, Michael Noonan stepped in, and stamped out any talk of changing the words.

“Fianna Fáil does not, and will never support such a change. Amhrán na bhFiann has been our national anthem since before the foundation of my political party, Fianna Fáil.

“In fact, the Irish language version, translated by Liam Ó Rinn from Peadar Kearney’s original English language version, was first published in the Freeman’s Journal on 3 April 1923, under Ó Rinn’s pen name ‘Coinneach’, three years before Fianna Fáil was even established.

“Those who still harbour partisan, political positions need to reflect on their position.

Amhrán na bhFiann, irrespective of one’s political loyalties, has been, and remains a source of national unity.

“I am confident that support for our national anthem as it is currently is shared by the vast majority of the public. A recent opinion poll showed 82% support for the National Anthem,” concluded Daly.

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Department Circular and SI on Councilors Conditions

LG 07-2017 – Expenses and allowances of elected members

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