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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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First 1916 Garden of Remembrance opens in the U.S.

The first U.S. 1916 Garden of Remembrance has been launched in Springfield, Massachusetts on 12 December 2015.

Senator Mark Daly first developed the idea to mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising by creating Gardens of Remembrance in villages, towns and cities throughout the country. With the help of Diarmuid Gavin a garden design concept to be replicated was created. Since the launch of the project in 2015 over 20 gardens have been set up across Ireland, a figure which is increasing. The project has been a huge success and has been adopted by our counterparts in the U.S. to commemorate the men and women who dedicated their lives to fight for Ireland.

Senator Mark Daly and Diarmuid Gavin at the launch of the 1916 Gardens of Remembrance project

United States officials including U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Vice Consul Meg Laffan of the Consulate General of Ireland in Boston took part in the groundbreaking ceremony in Springfield, that coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Irish Easter Rising.

“The rising in 1916 actually helped to create not only the modern Irish state but it was heavily influenced by the men and women who had settled here in the city of Springfield and the surrounding communities,” Neal said at the launch. “In fact, much of the financing that took place for the Rising occurred right here in Western Massachusetts.”

The garden will feature seven newly planted oak trees to represent the seven signatories of the 1916 Proclamation. In addition, there will be a life size typographical replica of the proclamation and flag poles with the tri-color Irish flag and an American flag, according to the design.

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Senator Daly speaks on political instability in Northern Ireland

On 23rd Sept 2015 Senator Mark Daly spoke in Seanad about the political instability in Northern Ireland and highlighted how the lack of engagement by both governments was effecting the daily lives of the Northern people.

“What is occurring has been used by all sides to try to distract from the real issues affecting the day-to-day lives of citizens in the North and the need to improve their lives and ensure they can go about their normal business. Most of what is happening is, to a large degree, being used for political purposes. Long-term, sustained engagement by the Prime Minister and the Taoiseach, not just engagement when there is a crisis, is required if we are to have the solutions required to keep the peace in the North. Dealing with the past, flags and parades is part of this process, but the Stormont House Agreement needs to be addressed. Whatever funding is required from the British Exchequer to ensure the stability we have witnessed in recent years is maintained is a matter the Government needs to pursue.”

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Recognition of Irish Sign Language Bill defeated in the Seanad

I am disappointed with the final vote of Tá 21 Níl 24 in the Seanad yesterday evening. I will continue to work on the issue of the Recognition of Irish Sign Language as I feel it is an important matter.

Senator Mark Daly speaks in favour of recognition

Senator Mark Daly speaks in favour of recognition

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Meeting students of Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine

Today I met students of Pobail Scoil Inbhearsceine to discuss the Dáil and Senate before their visit next month. They posed some tough questions.

Senator Daly with the Students of Pobail Scoil Inbhearsceine

Senator Daly with the Students of Pobail Scoil Inbhearsceine

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