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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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Irish Daily Mail: ‘Bid to cut Seanad Break Short to grill Reilly on Donor Law’

Our bid to recall the Seanad from its August recess in order to scrutinize inadequate Organ Donation Legislation was reported in Thursday 15 July’s print of the Irish Daily Mail, including a piece on Regina Hennelly, a recent transplant recipient from Co. Mayo

Full Text of both articles below will be uploaded soon.

Report: Niamh Lyons, Political Correspondent

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Best of Luck to our amazing Irish Athletes heading off to Durban today for the World Transplant Games – ranging in age from 12-68, Men and Women from all over the country will be representing us in South Africa at the games which kick off this weekend

Senator Daly would like to wish all those who are heading off – the team and their families – a sincere best of luck in South Africa

Pride and anticipation as transplant athletes head to World Transplant Games

There are 24 Irish athletes taking part in the games this year, which will kick off in Durban, South Africa, on July 28.

twitter-3-xxlBe part of the Conversation! Tweet @SenatorMarkDaly #seanad to follow our progress on recalling the Seanad on crucial Organ Donation and Transplantation Legislation in Ireland, and stay up to date on Mark’s work with the Irish Kidney Association and other groups in  Ireland here.

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Irish Times: FF Senator seeks to recall Seanad in August

Thu, Jul 25, 2013, 10:49

Harry McGee 

Senator Mark Daly has sought to recall the Upper House in August to question Minister for Health James Reilly about the EU Directive on organ donation and transplantation

Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil Senator has started an effort to have the Seanad reconvened for a day in August to debate a EU Commission Directive on organ donation which he has claimed is flawed.

Sen Mark Daly is using an obscure provision from a 40 year old law which allows the Seanad to be recalled and reconvened for a session during the summer recess.

He wants the Upper House to summon Minister for Health James Reilly and question him about why the EU Directive on organ donation and transplantation was transposed into Irish law without consulting the Dáil or Seanad.

The Directive provided for a competent authority on donation and transplantation to be established but Mr Daly has contended that the Government decision to share the competencies between the Irish Medicines Board and the HSE was flawed and would do nothing to increase the volume or organ donation in Ireland.

Under the 1972 European Communities Act, the Seanad can be specially convened to debate a piece of European legislation if the signatures of at least 20 Senators has obtained.

Mr Daly said yesterday he had obtained 14 signatures (all of Fianna Fáil’s senators) and was confident of securing at least a further six.

He has made approaches to Sinn Féin, independent Taoiseach’s nominees as well as to the university Senators. He has until the August 6th to do so.

The move by the Kerry Senator was described as a publicity stunt yesterday by Government parties.

He attempted to do the same last year but said his efforts were thwarted by the Government who rejected the attempt even though there was no legal basis to its rejection.

If her were successful in his effort, the Seanad would be reconvened for a day in the latter half of August – at least a month before it is due back after the summer recess.

Mark Murphy of the Irish Kidney Association said yesterday that a single competent authority for organ donation and transplantation was necessary and the sharing of competencies was the “worst implementation of EU policy I have ever seen in any member State”.

Mr Daly and Mr Murphy spoke to the media yesterday outside the gates of LeinsterHouse, accompanied by Regina Hennelly, a 31 year old woman who received a kidney transplant in January 2012. Mr Daly pointed out that 650 people were awaiting kidney transplants in Ireland.

A link to Senator Daly’s Press Release can be found here.

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Press Conference: Senator Mark Daly with Mark Murphy, Head of the Irish Kidney Association outside Leinster House

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Senator Daly holds press conference to announce his intent to recall the Seanad in August to discuss organ donation legislation

To See the Press Release on this issue, click HERE.

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