Call to attention for Amhrán na bhFiann
SENATOR Mark Daly is calling on people to make their opinions known on how best the State can treat and respect the National Anthem.
The Kenmare-based senator made the request having recently been appointed as Rapporteur of the Seanad Public Consultation Committee.
“Amhrán na bhFiann is a crucial and core part of how the State commemorates events and people and it is only right that we have rules and guidelines in place to ensure it is treated with respect,” Sen Daly said.
The Committee is determined to hear and receive as many views and opinions as possible from the public regarding the National Anthem, he added, saying the basis for the consultation process stems from recent changes to the copyright of both the music and lyrics of Amhrán na bhFiann.
Copyright expired in 2012 and Sen Daly said it is imperative that rules and guidelines are implemented to protect the anthem. He fearsthe lack of strict copyright now leaves this important state symbol exposed.
Some years ago Sen Daly questioned the use of Amhrán na bhFiann in a commercial by former Kerry GAA star Paul Galvin. The public may now have their say in determining if current protocol is enough to respect the flag or whether legislation should be introduced.
“It’s only right that we have clear guidelines in place and it’s equally right that the Irish people are involved in designing those same guidelines. Our National Anthem should be respected and used appropriately.”
“I’m calling on all with an interest in this issue to make a submission and to have their views heard. It’s also a great opportunity for local schools in Kerry to come up with ideas,” Sen Daly added.
Members of the public can make submissions until November, 2, 2017 by sending them to email@example.com.
Senator Mark Daly