Call to at­ten­tion for Amhrán na bhFiann

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - By STEPHEN FERNANE

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 seanad­pub­lic­consult@oireach­tas.ie.

Se­na­tor Mark Daly

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