Monday 22 October 2018

FF furious at bid to remove name from national anthem

A number of submissions proposed that the words 'Fianna Fáil' be removed from the song. Picture: Sportsfile
A number of submissions proposed that the words 'Fianna Fáil' be removed from the song. Picture: Sportsfile

Ian Begley

Fianna Fáil has hit out at recent calls to remove its name from the national anthem.

The copyright on 'Amhrán na bhFiann' is due to expire this year, prompting a public consultation on its use.

A number of submissions proposed that the words 'Fianna Fáil' be removed from the song.

Fianna Fáil senator Mark Daly said the proposal was "simply populism" and his party would never support such a change.

"Some years ago, the idea of removing 'Fianna Fáil' from our national anthem was mooted by a number of figures connected with Fine Gael. Thankfully, common sense prevailed.

"Those who still harbour partisan political positions need to reflect on their position," he said.

He pointed out that 'Amhrán na bhFiann' has been the national anthem since before the foundation of the Fianna Fáil party.

He said: "In fact, the Irish language version, translated by Liam Ó Rinn from Peadar Kearney's original English language version, was first published in the 'Freeman's Journal' on April 3, 1923...three years before Fianna Fáil was even established."

Irish Independent

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