Irish Language Act Northern Ireland – Daly: ” It’s deplorable that the DUP is rolling back on its commitment to the Good Friday Agreement and St. Andrew’s Agreement.”

Senator Mark Daly: Information on Mark Daly Zoom on Mark Daly I agree with Senator Conway about the information being provided to Ministers. Mark Twain said that “facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable” but when one does not have the facts, there is nothing one can do about it. While heads should roll, in a modern democracy, the fact that the lists are not accurate means that the HSE has a lot to answer for. That does not mean that the Minister is not the person in charge. The former Minister, Deputy Varadkar, appeared here many times and one would swear that he was a commentator on the health service instead of being the Minister for Health. Nobody can point to any reforms he made when he was Minister for Health.

  The leader of the DUP is also a person who seems to be unable to grasp facts as they apply to the real world. She is not a woman of detail, as we know, because even though she was in charge of the department that promoted and signed off on the renewable energy scheme, she said she did not realise that the devil was in the detail and that, in reality, she was giving away hundreds of billions of pounds to people to literally burn money. She was not very good on facts when she said yesterday that more people in Northern Ireland—–

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An Cathaoirleach: Information on Denis O'Donovan Zoom on Denis O'Donovan Senator Paul Coghlan is being very interruptive today and by interrupting, he is delaying the entire process.

Senator Mark Daly: Information on Mark Daly Zoom on Mark Daly I will start again for the benefit—–

An Cathaoirleach: Information on Denis O'Donovan Zoom on Denis O'Donovan That is not allowed.

Senator Mark Daly: Information on Mark Daly Zoom on Mark Daly In respect of the DUP leader’s ability to grasp facts, she does not seem to understand that her department was in charge of signing off on the renewable energy scheme and that she has burned £500 million on this scheme to the point where I am informed by people in Northern Ireland that they are not even burning the pellets they are getting paid to burn. They are actually taking the pellets south and reselling them. That is enterprising and I am sure the DUP would love that type of enterprise. The leader of the DUP also said something yesterday that is not a fact either. She said more people in Northern Ireland speak Polish than speak Irish. That is not true. There are 30,000 Polish speakers and 105,000 people who speak Irish. She did not seem to understand the most important fact of all when she announced the DUP’s policies and said that she did not support an Irish language Act and would not see one implemented. This is part of an international agreement. That is a fact. It is the St. Andrew’s Agreement and it should be implemented. However, the DUP seems to want to roll back on an agreement to which it signed up itself. Ms Foster does not seem to have much of a grasp of the facts. It is deplorable that the DUP is now rolling back on its commitment to the Good Friday Agreement and the St. Andrew’s Agreement.

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Submissions sought for position paper on Irish overseas and Diaspora – Daly

Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on the Irish Overseas and Diaspora and Member of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, Senator Mark Daly is calling on Irish people, at home and abroad, to contribute their ideas to the Fianna Fáil policy paper on the Diaspora which is currently being revised. Fianna Fail was the first political party to ever produce a policy paper on this issue.
Senator Daly commented: “With everything that is happening across the world, and especially in the United States, Ireland needs a strong stance on issues affecting Irish people, and people of Irish descent.

“Fianna Fáil is committed to ensuring that the voices and opinions of Irish people overseas are heard, and included in our policy positions.

“Issues such as immigration reform in the United States which will affect the 50,000 undocumented Irish currently living there and Brexit will affect us all, but for those in the United States or Britain, they are especially pertinent.

“We want to hear what people feel are the major challenges affecting the Irish diaspora, and what solutions people feel are suitable.

“Submissions can be made until Friday, 24st February by emailing me at Mark.Daly@oireachtas.ie

“I would urge anyone with an interest in, or knowledge of, diaspora issues to get involved,” concluded Daly.

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

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Urgent Action on the Undocumented Irish needed – Daly


– President Trump’s executive orders causing deep anxiety for 50,000 in USA –

Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Irish Overseas and the Diaspora, Senator Mark Daly has called on the Foreign Affairs Committee to hold a special hearing to discuss the situation of the undocumented Irish in the United States in the wake of new executive orders signed by President Trump.

Commenting on the issue Senator Daly said: “President Trump has this week signed an executive order which prioritises the deportation of undocumented immigrants who have been convicted of any criminal offence.

As part of this latest executive order, President Trump is attempting to deny federal funds to so-called sanctuary cities that shield undocumented immigrants from deportation.

“Undoubtedly, this is causing a great deal of fear, stress and anxiety for the 50,000 undocumented Irish living in the United States and I have requested that the Foreign Affairs Committee hold a special hearing to discuss the situation,” said the Kerry-based Senator.

“The Government must step up and do more. This does not only affect the undocumented Irish in America but it is also causing a great deal of worry for their families in Ireland. Time is of the essence and the Government must immediately engage with the new administration and make the case for the thousands of Irish who have put down roots in America and made it their home.

“I and my Party colleagues in Fianna Fáil will continue to highlight this issue. The situation is too serious for thousands of Irish people for it to be a peripheral Government concern. They must act to try and secure a more favourable outcome than the situation that tens of thousands of undocumented Irish are currently facing,” concluded Daly.

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Senator Mark Daly receives approval for public consultation by Senate on Amhrán na bhFiann

Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, the Irish Overseas and Diaspora, Senator Mark Daly is due to act Coordinator of the public consultation to be held by Seanad Éireann on the national anthem in 2017.

Senator Daly added: “The purpose of this initiative is to invite submissions from interested parties or citizens to consider the most appropriate way for the State to treat 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.

“Over the next number of months, Seanad Éireann will consult with citizens on their views on this issue.

“The National Anthem should be respected, and protected, and I am delighted to see that there us such cross-party support for such measures,” said the Kerry based Senator.

“When copyright expired in 2012, Fine Gael gave a strong commitment to act on the issue. However, despite many attempts by me and other members of Seanad Éireann to force them into acting, they have done nothing to protect this important anthem.

“In Summer 2016, I introduced the National Anthem Protection of Copyright and Related Rights Bill 2016 to protect our national anthem.

“The lack of strict copyright in place for the national anthem has left this important state symbol exposed. Other countries have ensured that their national anthems continue to be protected by copyright. It’s important that we take similar measures to protect Amhrán na bhFiann,” concluded Daly.

LISTEN: Mark discusses the National Anthem with George Hook on Newstalk FM

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