Daly expects passage of Recognition of Irish Sign Language for the Deaf Community Bill by year end 

ISL Amendments  – Civil Rights for 50,000 members of the deaf community will now be enshrined in law - 

Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly has said that he expects his bill, the Recognition of Irish Sign Language for the Deaf Community Bill, to be passed by both Houses of the Oireachtas and signed into law by the President before the end of 2017.

Senator Daly made the prediction as the bill passed Final Stage in the Seanad this evening.

“We have worked really hard since the Bill passed Committee Stage in the summer to improve it, and to ensure that it would be acceptable to the Government.

“Having worked with all sides, I am confident that the Bill when it goes before the Dáil will receive unanimous support and will be passed very quickly. This bill is desperately needed by the members of the deaf community in Ireland to end their extreme marginalisation.

“It is simply unfair that they are not able to access State services in a language that they use and understand. This Bill not only gives rights to the deaf community but also puts responsibility on the Government.

“While we are at a point where there is support for the bill from all sides of the political divide, it wasn’t always like this. Fine Gael in the Seanad fought us tooth and nail, and it took a lot of convincing to bring them onside.

“That has now happened, and the passage of this bill through the Seanad is an important step on its journey to full enactment by the Oireachtas and the President.

“I am proud of this Bill. Fianna Fáil looks forward to its enactment, and yearn for the day when members of the Irish Deaf Community can go about their lives and do their business with the State in the language of their choosing,” concluded Senator Daly.


 

 

 

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Daly calls for public to give their views on Amhrán na bhFiann



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“Amhrán na bhFiann is a crucial and core part of how the State commemorates events and people. It is right that we have rules and guidelines in place to ensure it is treated with respect,” said Senator Mark Daly.

Daly, who was recently appointed as Rapporteur of the Seanad Public Consultation Committee, is calling on people to make their views and opinions known on the most appropriate way for the State to treat and respect our National Anthem, Amhrán na bhFiann.

“The Committee, and I, are very clear in our determination to hear and receive as many views and opinions as possible on the National Anthem.

“The basis of this public consultation comes from the recent change to the copyright of both the music, and lyrics, in Irish and English of Amhrán na bhFiann. All are now out of copyright since 2012, and it’s imperative that rules and guidelines are put in place to protect the anthem.

“The lack of strict copyright in place for the national anthem has left this important state symbol exposed.

“Our National Anthem should be respected and used appropriately. It is used right across the State, and abroad, to signify and commemorate important events and occasions. It’s only right that we have clear guidelines in place, and it’s equally right that the Irish people are involved in designing those same guidelines.

“I’m calling on all with an interest in this issue to make a submission and to have their views heard. Submissions can be made until 2nd November 2017 and can be made by sending them to seanadpublicconsult@oireachtas.ie,” concluded Daly.

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August 28, 2017 · 2:37 pm

Senator Mark Daly in Washington D.C.

The Ted Kennedy Address to the Democratic Unionist Party (DNC).

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At the Roll Call Vote for the Democratic Presidential Candidate. 

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Hillary Clinton at the DNC. 

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Bill Clinton at the DNC. 

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Senator Mark Daly with Former Governor of Maryland, Martin O’Malley.

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Senator Mark Daly with Kevin Sullivan, former chief speech writer and special adviser to U.S. Secretary of Education. 

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Former Governor of Maryland, Martin O’Malley. 

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Senator Mark Daly with the former Senior Adviser and Speechwriter to Richard Riley, former U.S Secretary of Education. 

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Senator Mark Daly with journalist and former news anchor for CBS Evening News, Daniel Rather Jr. 

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Senator Mark Daly at the St. Patrick’s Parade of Washington, D.C.

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