Youtube: Sen. Ivana Bacik running for Seanad Election 2016
Earlier today I joined fellow Dublin University/Trinity College Dublin Panel #SeanadElection candidates in Trinity Academic Registry. There are a total of 15 candidates running and it's going to be a tough one! I hope you'll consider giving me your No.1 Vote!
Here is a short video clip. Feel free to watch and share. All support welcome!
‘I am delighted to support the candidacy of Ivana Bacik for the Seanad elections 2016. I believe that Ivana has made a real contribution to Irish politics during her time in the Seanad, and I know that she will continue to contribute, and to act effectively in representing her constituents, if re-elected to the Seanad this time.’
Emma Stokes (Dr. Emma Stokes (B.Sc. (Physio), M.Sc. 1990), Junior Dean and Lecturer in Physiotherapy, Discipline of Physiotherapy, TCD ).
Seanad Elections 2016 - Ivana Bacik hands in her nomination papers
Today I submitted my nomination papers and am now a candidate for the Seanad elections 2016 on the Dublin University/Trinity College panel. I would really value and appreciate your support in this election.
'Women of 1916 - In celebration of the Women of Their Time'
Friday 11th March, 12:30-2pm, Neill Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin.
To mark this year's International Women's Day I'm hosting an event in Trinity College Dublin in the Trinity Long Room Hub, Neill Theatre as part of Trinity Equality's International Women's Week. To celebrate the 'Women if 1916' we have fascinating insights from guest speakers historian Dr. Mary McAuliffe, author Lucy McDiarmid and Principal curator of the Long Room exhibition and Manuscripts Department, TCD who will bring to life women of their time! All welcome!
ONLY LABOUR WILL TACKLE THE GENDER PAY GAP - BURTON
Tánaiste Joan Burton today outlined Labour’s plans to stand up for women in the workplace, at home and in the community. Launching Labour’s plan for equality today, Joan Burton said, if re-elected to Government, Labour will tackle gender pay issues by ensuring large companies and public sector employers make public the details their own internal pay gaps in order to stimulate stronger action towards pay equality. The provisions in the ‘Standing Up For Equality’ plan include:
Only Labour will deliver a referendum to repeal the 8th
The Labour Party today launched its plan to hold a referendum to repeal the 8th amendment. Minister for Communications, Alex White, Minister for Equality, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, and Senator Ivana Bacik outlined how the party would deliver a referendum, and campaign strongly to repeal the 8th amendment, if returned to Government. Speaking at the launch in Labour’s Campaign HQ this afternoon, Minister for Communications, Alex White, said: “It’s high time that this generation was given the right to choose – through a referendum – whether the 8th amendment should remain in our Constitution. “No other major political party or grouping will deliver this referendum. Fianna Fáil doesn’t believe the people should be allowed to decide. Fine Gael can’t decide if the people should be allowed to decide. Sinn Féin claims to support a referendum, but will refuse to participate in government unless Gerry Adams is Taois each. “So, there is only one choice for women and men who care passionately about this issue to recognise Labour as the one party offering an unequivocal – and realistic – pledge to deliver a referendum.”
Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin added: “My views and the views of the Labour Party have been very clear on this issue for some time. The constitution is no place to deal with such a complex and sensitive issue such as abortion. “I believe there is a growing consensus on this matter and that we must ensure that we have a referendum to repeal the 8th amendment. “The Labour Party has always led on the issues of social change and if returned to government we will deliver a referendum on this issue and replace the archaic 8th amendment with robust and pragmatic legislation such as we propose.”
Order of Business, Seaand Éireann - Raised Matters
Thursday, 28 January 2016
Senator Ivana Bacik: I am grateful to the Leader for clarifying that the Seanad will sit next Tuesday and Wednesday, no matter what happens elsewhere. I also welcome the fact that we will have statements on the Report of the Joint Committee of Inquiry into the Banking Crisis on Tuesday because that gives us the opportunity to read what is in the report. Having read preliminary reports of it and its key aspects, I commend all those who were on the committee for the immense work they put into producing the report. I commend to Senators an excellent article by our colleague, Senator O’Keeffe, in The Irish Times today describing the work of the committee and, in very fair terms, some of its pitfalls and positive aspects and the lessons it holds for the future. Many things are now clearer as a result of the report, in particular serious matters in terms of the behaviour of the Central Bank and the Financial Regulator, which, we are told, informed the Government in September 2008 that the six institutions covered by the guarantee were solvent. That is a critical finding. I look forward to the debate on Tuesday. https://www.labour.ie/news/press/2016/01/28/banking-inquiry-report-demonstrates-fianna-fails-m/
I welcome the publication yesterday of the first national maternity strategy, which many of those involved in maternity hospitals, the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, midwives and others have welcomed. This strategy will move in a very welcome fashion towards a non-hospital setting for childbirth and a stronger role for midwives in childbirth, where there are no complications. Women and midwives have campaigned for that for many years.
I also welcome the publication yesterday of the new skills strategy which will lead to 50,000 new apprenticeships being created over five years. That is critical to the continued strength of the economy and its growth. It will give new opportunities for many young adults in particular.
Order of Business, Seanad Éireann - Raised Matters
Senator Ivana Bacik: I commend Senator Noone who yesterday on the Commencement raised the issue of a no-fry zone. This is an issue that is getting a great deal of support, particularly from parents. It seeks new planning regulations to ensure that chip shops cannot be located within 500 m of a school. This is part of a drive for healthier living and healthier eating among children in order to tackle the very worrying levels of obesity. I commend the Senator on raising it and lend my support to the many parents' groups supporting the no-fry zone campaign.
Link to full transcript of the Order of Business, 27th January 2016