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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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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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19/20: Independent Senator Katherine Zappone becomes 19th signatory – only 1 more needed to recall the Seanad

Independent Senator Katehrine Zappone signing the letter to recall the Seanad on flawed Organ Donation Legislation

Independent Senator Katehrine Zappone signing the letter to recall the Seanad on flawed Organ Donation Legislation

Twitter-64Be part of the Conversation! Tweet @SenatorMarkDaly to follow our progress on recalling the #Seanad to debate & amend this flawed legislation, and stay up to date on Mark’s work for Organ Donation and Transplantation in Ireland here.

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Senator Daly calling for the Minister for Health to debate the Organ Transplantation Legislation in the Seanad

During order of Business on Thursday, 11th of July, Senator Daly called for a debate in the Seanad with the Minister for Health, Dr. James Reilly, regarding the statutory instrument signed last year on Organ Donation.

“I call for an amendment to the Order of Business, that the Seanad would call the Minister for Health to the House to debate SI 325 of 2012, which he signed in August last year, relating to organ transplantation. If this statutory instrument and the associated legislation enacted on 28 August had been done correctly more lives would have been saved.

I call on the Leader to facilitate a debate in this regard”

The Vote called for was voted down Ta 17, Nil 28.

 

Vote on the 11-07-2013

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