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Order of Business – Seanad Éireann (17th – 19th February 2015) Digest

Posted on February 23, 2015

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Order of Business – Seanad Éireann (17th – 19th February 2015) Digest

Order of Business Digest – Contributions from Senator Ivana Bacik. Follow the links to the Oireachtas website for more details.

 http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2015021700002?opendocument#A00100

  • Denmark shootings
  • Charlie Hebdo
  • Free speech
  • TCD meeting on free speech
  • Democracy
  • Cabinet approval of Children and Family Relationships Bill
  • Child-centred reform
  • Small schools policy, Dept. of Education
  • Labour Party Marriage Equality Referendum launch
  • Alcohol awareness
  • Underage drinking

 http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2015021800002?opendocument#A00100

  • Prison escape
  • Injured Prison Officers
  • Gender Recognition Bill
  • Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government announces €300 million housing investment programme
  • European Investment Bank
  • Housing Finance Agency

 http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2015021900002?opendocument#K00100

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Section 37.1 update - Employment Equality (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2013

Posted on February 19, 2015

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Today in the Order of Business I reminded the Minister of the urgency to amend the Employment Equality Act and asked that we get an update on how soon we can see the changes that currently discriminate against LGBT identifying teachers and health workers.

I was pleased in 2013 to publish the Employment Equality (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2013 and watch it progress through the various committee stages. 

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Gender Recognition Bill 2014: Report and Final Stages

Posted on February 19, 2015

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http://ivanabacik.com/legislation/2015/01/21/gender-recognition-bill-2014/

I welcomed the passage of the Gender Recognition Bill 2014 through the Seanad this week - progressive change at last. 

Glad to see the Government amendment providing for 2 year review and strict time frame.

#Transgender #GenderRecognition 

 

 

 

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Labour Youth launch Marriage Equality campaign!

Posted on February 17, 2015

Dublin Pride 2014

Labour Youth launch Marriage Equality campaign!

Congratulations to Labour Youth on launching their Marriage Equality Referendum campaign. Great to see the youth movement being mobilised on key equality issues - here's to securing a Yes Vote!  #Referendum #LabourYouth #LabourLGBT 

http://www.labour.ie/blog/2015/02/17/say-yes-to-marriage-equality/

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Order of Business 10th-11th February 2015

Posted on February 16, 2015

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http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2015021000011?opendocument

Order of Business

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Senator Ivana Bacik:   The Order of Business today is No. 1, motion re the Report of the Committee on Procedure and Privileges on the adoption of new Standing Order 103N and the amendment of Standing Order 90, to be taken on the conclusion of the Order of Business, without debate; and No. 2, Gender Recognition Bill 2014 - Committee Stage (Resumed), to be taken on conclusion of No. 1.

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Fatal Foetal Abnormalities - urgent need to legislate!

Posted on February 16, 2015

Fatal Foetal Abnormalities - urgent need to legislate!

Following the defeat of Clare Daly's Fatal Foetal Abnormalities Bill which was largely deemed unconstitutional by those who voted against it, I wrote to Jerry Buttimer, TD Chair of the Oireachtas Health Committee asking that they hold hearings to begin the process of examining the possibility of legislating for abortion in cases of fatal fetal abnormalities.

Here is some of the coverage around my call for further action.

Irish Times on Thursday 12th February coverage of my letter to the Oireachtas Health Committee. http://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/senator-asks-health-committee-to-resume-abortion-hearings-1.2100440

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Constitutional Convention Seminar - Trinity School of Law

Posted on February 13, 2015

Ivana speaking at the Constitutional Convention Seminar, Trinity School of Law

Geat turn out today in Trinity College Dublin for the Constitutional Convention Seminar I organised as part of the Trinity School of Law.

Many thanks to our guest speakers Lia Hegarty, Consultant in Legislation and Public Affairs and Prof. David Farrell professor of politics, UCD for their expert insight and input.

‪#‎ConstitutionalConvention‬‪#‎DeliberativeDemocracy‬ https://www.constitution.ie/

 

Posted in: ConstitutionJusticeNewsSocial Policy

Order of Business – Seanad Eireann 3rd-5th February 2015

Posted on February 05, 2015

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Order of Business – Seanad Eireann 3rd-5th February 2015

Order of Business Digest – Contributions from Senator Ivana Bacik. Follow the links for more details.

http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2015020300014?opendocument

  • Aer Lingus takeover discussions
  • Accenture jobs announcement
  • 100 new Garda recruits
  • Overseas development
  • Human rights compliance
  • Release of Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste/ Egypt
  • Human rights in Egypt
  • Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2015020500007?opendocument

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Date for your diary - King's Inns annual debate on Marriage Equality

Posted on February 02, 2015

KGLS event

"That this house supports marriage equality in the upcoming referendum"

The King's Inns Gay and Lesbian Straight Alliance (KGLS) and the LSDSI annual debate in the Dining Hall of the Honorable Society of King's Inns, Henrietta Street.

Date: Thurday 19th February

Chair: Ms. Audrey Carville (RTE)

For the Motion: Senator Ivana Bacik and Senator Davod Norris.

Against the motion: Dr. John Murray, Iona Institute and Mr. Patrick Treacy SC.

 

 

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Order of Business – Seanad Eireann 20th – 27th January 2015 Digest

Posted on January 27, 2015

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Order of Business – Seanad Eireann 20th – 27th January 2015

Order of Business Digest – Contributions from Senator Ivana Bacik. Follow the links for more details.

http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2015012000014?opendocument

  • Happy New Year
  • Charlie Hebdo tragedy
  • Democracy
  • Freedom of speech
  • Blasphemy
  • Defamation Act
  • Extensive legislative programming
  • 41 Bills on the A list
  • Climate Action
  • Low Carbon Development Bill
  • Gender Recognition Bill
  • Employment Equality (Amendment) No. 2 Bill (Section 37.1)
  • LGBT rights
  • Marriage Equality Refeferndum
  • Opinion Polls
  • Complacency
  • Child and Family Relationships Bill

http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2015012100006?opendocument

  • 70th Anniversary - Auschwitz Liberation
  • Second World War
  • Aer Lingus
  • Potential job losses 3,500
  • Syriza victory
  • EU
  • Recession
  • Debate on EU policy / financial and monetary policy

 

http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2015012800009?opendocument

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