Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly has introduced legislation to the Seanad aimed at protecting the national anthem. ‘The National Anthem Protection of Copyright and Related Rights Bill 2016’ seeks to protect Amhrán na bhFiann following the expiration of its copyright.

Senator Daly said, “Copyright for our national anthem official expired at the end of 2012. Fine Gael gave a strong commitment at the time to act on the issue. However they have done nothing since then to ensure the anthem is given strong protection. The Bill I have introduced will rectify this problem.

“The lack of strict copyright in place for the national anthem has left this important state symbol exposed. Other countries have ensured that their national anthems continue to be protected by copyright. It’s important that we take similar measures to protect Amhrán na bhFiann.

“Having copyright in place is the only way that we can protect our national anthem from being used in an inappropriate manner. This legislation will help protect the anthem by providing open-ended protection so we wouldn’t find ourselves in this position again.

“The Fianna Fáil Group in the Seanad will be working with all other members to secure cross-party support for this Bill. There is no reason why the Seanad should not pass this important legislation. Unfortunately Fine Gael blocked similar legislation when I introduced it last February. I’m hoping that they will not repeat the same mistake this time around,” concluded Senator Daly.