Trouble for the publication 'Who's Who in Ireland' over the use of the harp logo on the book cover.
The harp is the official emblem of Ireland and appears on official government documents.
In 1927, the executive council of the Irish Free State declared the harp to be the national emblem. Since then, it's adorned thousands of official documents.
Maureen Cairnduff has published a book 'Who's Who in Ireland?', giving details of a thousand people who play a prominent role in contemporary Irish society. The emblem of a harp appears on the cover of the book.
The Department of the Taoiseach monitors the use of the harp and the unauthorised use of the emblem on the book cover is now under investigation by the Department of Industry, Trade, Commerce and Tourism.
Under the Trade Marks Act of 1963, it is an offence to use the harp or anything resembling the harp in any business, trade, calling or profession without lawful authority.
Six thousand copies of 'Who's Who in Ireland ?' are now on sale. If convicted, the book's publisher could be fined up to twenty pounds, up to five pounds a day for each day the offence continues, or face up to three months in prison. In addition, the publisher may be required to withdraw stocks and replace the cover on several thousand books.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 9 December 1984. The reporter is Liam Cahill.