Sunday 25 February 2018

John Drennan: National anthem won't lose FF lyrics


There are no government plans to remove the worlds 'Fianna Fail' from the national anthem, the Minister for Finance has revealed.

This has been an occasional source of political and linguistic contention -- with two attempts by Fine Gael-led governments during the Fifties to remove them from the song.

Last week the independent TD Maureen O'Sullivan raised the issue again -- asking Michael Noonan whether the use of the phrase 'sinne Fianna Fail' "should be re-translated in order for it not to reflect a particular political party name".

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