Youth Zone



Hello there and welcome to my official website. I hope that your visit here helps to explain the role of a TD for County Mayo.

Through my website I want to give you an insight into what I do and how I serve my constituents.

I know that as students you will have regular assignments relating to current affairs and I hope that some of the information that you find here will be of help to you in that work.

I have tried to cover what I thought would be of interest to you here but if you think that I am missing anything please feel free to contact me.

This site is yours. I hope you enjoy it.

Dara Calleary TD





Bunreacht na hÉireann – the Constitution of Ireland – outlines the basic law of the country.

To change the Constitution a referendum must he held with the people of Ireland having their opportunity to oppose or support changing the Constitution.

To vote in a referendum people must be citizens of the country and be 18 years of age.

The Constitution came into effect on the 29th of December 1937 after being passed in July of that year. It replaced the Constitution of the Irish Free State, Saorstát Éireann, that came into being after the Civil War in 1922.

Government Buildings


Government Buildings are based on Merrion Street in Dublin and have served the people of Ireland since 1922.
There are many key offices located on Merrion Street including:

  1. The Department of the Taoiseach
  2. The Council Chamber
  3. The Office of the Attorney General and;
  4. The Department of Finance


The heraldic harp is invariably used by the government, its agencies, and its representatives at home and abroad. It is engraved on the seal matrix of the of office of President as well as on the reverse of the coinage of the state. It is also emblazoned on the distinctive flag of the President of Ireland – a gold harp with silver strings on an azure field.

The model for the artistic representation of the heraldic harp is the fourteenth century harp now preserved in the Museum of Trinity College, Dublin, popularly known as the Brian Boru harp.


National Anthem

The National Anthem was written in 1907 by Peadar Kearney who was an uncle of Brendan Behan.

The National Anthem was first published in the Irish Freedom in 1912 but it only got established and recognised when people sung it at the GPO during the Easter Rising in 1916.

Amhrán na bhFiann
Seo dhibh a cháirde duan Óglaigh,
Cathréimeach briomhar ceolmhar,
Ár dtinte cnámh go buacach táid,
‘S an spéir go min réaltogach
Is fonnmhar faobhrach sinn chun gleo
‘S go tiúnmhar glé roimh thíocht do’n ló
Fé chiúnas chaomh na hoiche ar seol:
Seo libh canaídh Amhrán na bhFiann


Sinne Firnna Fáil
A tá fé gheall ag Éirinn,
buion dár slua
Thar toinn do ráinig chugainn,
Fé mhóid bheith saor.
Sean tír ár sinsir feasta
Ní fhagfar fé’n tiorán ná fé’n tráil
Anocht a théam sa bhearna bhaoil,
Le gean ar Ghaeil chun báis nó saoil
Le guna screach fé lámhach na bpiléar
Seo libh canaídh Amhrán na bhFiann.
Cois bánta réidhe, ar árdaibh sléibhe,
Ba bhuachach ár sinsir romhainn,
Ag lámhach go tréan fé’n sár-bhrat séin
Tá thuas sa ghaoith go seolta
Ba dhúchas riamh d’ár gcine cháidh
Gan iompáil siar ó imirt áir,
‘S ag siúl mar iad i gcoinne námhad
Seo libh, canaídh Amhrán na bhFiann


A bhuíon nách fann d’fhuil Ghaeil is Gall,
Sin breacadh lae na saoirse,
Ta scéimhle ‘s scanradh i gcroíthe namhad,
Roimh ranna laochra ár dtire.
Ár dtinte is tréith gan spréach anois,
Sin luisne ghlé san spéir anoir,
‘S an bíobha i raon na bpiléar agaibh:
Seo libh, canaídh Amhrán na bh Fiann.


National Flag

tumblr_lqi329g7b31qa7ju7o1_400The national flag of Ireland is a tricolour of green, white and orange. The tricolour is rectangular in shape, the width being twice its depth. The three colours are of equal size, vertically disposed, and the green is displayed next to the staff.

The flag was first introduced by Thomas Francis Meagher during the revolutionary year of 1848 as an emblem of the Young Ireland movement, and it was often seen at meetings alongside the French tricolour

The green represents the older Gaelic and Anglo-Norman element in the population, while the orange represents the Protestant planter stock, supporters of William of Orange. The meaning of the white was well expressed by Meagher when he introduced the flag. ‘The white in the centre,’ he said, ‘signifies a lasting truce between the ‘Orange’ and the ‘Green’ and I trust that beneath its folds the hands of the Irish Protestant and the Irish Catholic may be clasped in heroic brotherhood.’

It was not until the Rising of 1916, when it was raised above the General Post Office in Dublin, that the tricolour came to be regarded as the national flag. It rapidly gained precedence over any which had existed before it, and its use as a national flag is enshrined in the Constitution of Ireland.