Fianna Fáil Senator, Mark Daly has said that he is disappointed but not surprised that Fine Gael members of the Seanad’s Public Consultation Committee are attempting to block the passage of a bill to enshrine Amhrán na bhFiann in legislation.

Senator Daly was commenting as a result of Fine Gael Senators teaming up with independent senator Padraig Ó Ceidigh to block the adoption a recommendation in a Seanad report to enshrine the Irish, English and Irish Sign Language versions of Amhrán na bhFiann into legislation.

“The public consultation process undertaken, with Senator Mark Daly as coordinator, has uncovered that the Irish Language version of the National Anthem has never been formally adopted by the State.

“The report sought submissions over the past number of months on the use, protection and promotion of our national anthem. Submissions were received from citizens at home and abroad, the Minister for Finance, the Defence Forces, the Lord Mayor of Cork, schools, experts on copyright and members of the Irish Deaf Community.

“As I said, I’m not surprised by Fine Gael’s reluctance to help pass this legislation, but I am disappointed that they are attempting to block the recommendations in my report that the national anthem in Irish and Sign Language finally get formal recognition and protection. The fact that the anthem fell out of copy right protection in 2013 makes this all the more important.

“What’s more galling is the fact that they have been joined in their campaign by an independent senator.

“There is a strong majority in Seanad Éireann in favour of putting our national anthem on a statutory footing.  At present, there are 34 senators in favour, 23 against and two undecided.

“Fianna Fáil will continue its campaign to have our national anthem, Amhrán na bhFiann, placed on a statutory footing, and to ensure that it is used appropriately at all levels across Irish society,” concluded Daly.