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Call for Irish anthem to be safeguarded from abuse

By Michael McHugh

The Republic's national anthem has been left "exposed" to inappropriate use, a senator said.

Copyright of Amhran na bhFiann (The Soldier's Song) ran out in 2012 and rules and guidelines should be introduced to protect it, Mark Daly added.

He called on members of the public to make their views known to a Leinster House committee considering the issue.

"The lack of strict copyright in place for the national anthem has left this important state symbol exposed.

"Our national anthem should be respected and used appropriately. It is used right across the State, and abroad, to signify and commemorate important events and occasions.

"It's only right that we have clear guidelines in place and it's equally right that the Irish people are involved in designing those same guidelines."

The Fianna Fail senator urged people to make their views and opinions known on the most appropriate way for the State to treat and respect the anthem.

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