Bill to protect copyright of national anthem to be reintroduced in Seanad

It would protect the song from being used in advertising

Bill to protect copyright of national anthem to be reintroduced in Seanad

The Ireland team stand for the National Anthem during a Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Picture by: Donall Farmer/PA Archive/PA Images

A Fianna Fáil senator says he will reintroduce a bill aimed at protecting the copyright of the national anthem.

The bill - which aims to give official recognition to the Irish and sign language versions of Amhrán na bhFiann, as well as protecting the anthem from use for advertising purposes - was originally introduced in 2014.

However, it lapsed as a result of the Dáil and Seanad being dissolved ahead of the 2016 general election.

Since then, a public consultation has been held on the anthem, which included a recommendation for the development of an Irish sign language version of the anthem.

Now, Senator Mark Daly says he'll reintroduce the bill - which would return copyright of the anthem's music and lyrics to the State - when the Seanad meets for their first 2019 sitting.

He said: "The national anthem belongs to all Irish people, it is a key symbol of our identity yet it lacks protection.

“I first introduced this Bill in 2014 due to the lapse in copyright. I was contacted by constituents, unhappy with the idea of the Anthem being used for advertising purposes."

He added: "[The bill] will protect our national anthem from being used in advertising and give official recognition to the Sign Language and Irish Language versions."