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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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Minister for the Irish Overseas and Diaspora should be part of Ireland’s Foreign Policy Review says Senator Daly

A Minister for the Irish Overseas and Diaspora should form an integral part of the Irish Governments new foreign affairs policy says Senator Mark Daly. This sentiment has previously been supported by the Tánaiste. Senator Daly commented “Ireland is one of the few countries with such a large diaspora community that doesn’t have a minister. This situation needs to be rectified.”

Irish Overseas & Diaspora

The Department of Foreign Affairs has begun a wide range consultation process and have invited any interested parties and stakeholders to have their say on what Ireland’s future foreign policy and goals should be. Any member of the public wishing to make a submission should do so before the 4th of February 2014 through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Submissions can be made in writing to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 79-80 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2 or by email to ForeignPolicyReview@dfat.ie. Senator Daly is calling on the Irish living overseas and groups and organisations representing the global Irish community to also make submissions

Senator Daly, the Fianna Fail Spokesperson on the Irish Overseas and Diaspora, will be making a submission along with his party to the Foreign Affairs Department’s Public Consultation on Ireland’s Foreign Policy.

Last summer Senator Daly published the first policy paper by any party on the area of the Irish Overseas and Diaspora. This paper can be viewed here.
List of some of the key proposals of the Fianna Fail policy on the Irish Overseas and Diaspora:
■Minister for the Irish Overseas and Diaspora: Appointment of a Minister for the Irish Overseas and Diaspora as part of an existing ministry with the focus of engaging with the global Irish community as well as to stimulate economic, technological and cultural advances in Ireland
■Voting Rights: Voting Rights for citizens of the Irish Nation outside of the state
■Citizenship: Expand the rights to Irish Citizenship
■Honorary Consulars: The appointment of more ‘Honorary Consulars’ globally as advocates of Ireland and the global Irish community
More information on submissions can be accessed here.

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Connecting with the Irish Diaspora

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Henry Healy and I appeared on the Christmas Special of an American talk show to talk with Pierce about connecting with the Irish diaspora situated in America. You can watch the clip here.

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September 3, 2013 · 3:26 pm

World Irish and Irish Central to merge into one website

The two largest websites catering for the diaspora will merge into the one site, it was confirmed today.

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World Irish and Irish Central sites to merge #irishdiaspora

WorldIrish.com and Irishcentral.com, which have over 2 million unique users a month between them, will now be known as IrishCentral.com

The combined site will have offices in New York and Dublin and will go live on 15 September.

Irish Central founder Niall O’Dowd said that the merger would allow the creation of an Irish “super-site”.

“We are delighted to join with John McColgan and the team at World Irish,” O’Dowd said. ” We believe the potential to create a super site worldwide for the Irish is very real.”

McColgan will become a director of the new site, as well as an ad advisor. He says that the merger offers World Irish an “exciting opportunity”.

“In a relatively short period World Irish has established a successful platform and this merger is a logical development to achieve greater global traction for the Irish diaspora.”

Click here to read the full article on the journal.ie

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Senator Mark Daly was appointed as the first Spokesperson by any political party in Ireland for the Irish Overseas and Diaspora in 2012. Senator Daly has launched the Fianna Fáil policy proposals for the Irish Diaspora, to read this document, click:

Irish Diaspora

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