Sen. Ivana Bacik calls for debate on victims of crime - Order of Business, Seanad Éireann.
Wednesday, 21 October 2015
'I ask the Leader to arrange a debate on victims of crime. Is there a projected date for the introduction in the House of the Criminal Justice (Victims of Crime) Bill? This morning the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality dealt with the pre-legislative scrutiny of the Bill. During the course of the debate powerful submissions were made by eight NGOs who work with victims of crime. They included the Victims' Rights Alliance, the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, the Rape Crisis Network Ireland, the Irish Penal Reform Trust, IPRT, and other groups. In the course of their submissions the NGOs reminded us that this Bill is important because for the first time it provides a statutory framework for the protection of victims' rights in the criminal justice system. It is also a Bill that will implement an EU directive that must be transposed in Ireland by 16 November. The legislation has reached the heads of a Bill stage. The committee is hastening through its pre-legislative scrutiny of the legislation. I wonder can we get it into the Seanad without any undue delay. During the submissions we also heard from Safe Ireland, which released its data on domestic violence this morning which contained some frightening figures. As Safe Ireland pointed out to us, the appalling tragedy where Garda Tony Golden was murdered highlights the serious issue of domestic violence and domestic abuse.'
'It gives me enormous pleasure to welcome the Minister to the House as a Minister who has led so strongly on this issue and on the process that has led us to this stage. It gives me enormous pleasure to lead for the Labour Party on Second Stage of the Marriage Bill 2015, a Bill made possible, as we know, by the resounding "Yes" vote in the May referendum on marriage equality...'
Follow link for full transcript or watch the Youtube video... http://ivanabacik.com/legislation/2015/10/20/marriage-bill-2015/
On Saturday I had the pleasure and honour of attending and being inivited to give speak at the unveiling of the Hall of Honour Memorial Stone. It was a momentous occasion and a very moving tribute to all the many men and one woman from the Trinity College community that died in the First World War.
Speech at Unveiling of Hall of Honour Memorial Stone - Trinity College Dublin, Saturday 26th September 2015
Distinguished Guests, Visitors, Friends and Colleagues,
This morning I attended the launch of the Irish Association for the Social Integration of Offenders (IASIO) Biennial Report. Great work being done on the rehabilitation of ex-offenders.The report was officially launched by Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald, TD. http://www.iasio.ie/
2015/2016 Academic year at Trinity College Dublin has begun! I popped over to Front Square to revel in the annual buzz and excitement of Freshers' Week. I met Caroline Winston and Shane Folan at the Trinity Labour / Labour Youth stall, here's to a great year ahead!
11am – 1pm Friday 18th September 2015, Dublin Institute of Technology
Aungier Street campus, Management House (first floor, beside the library) (part of the CICL ‘Changing Ireland, Changing Law’ research project)
This is the third in a series of seminars being organised by myself Prof. Ivana Bacik (Law School, TCD) and Dr. Mary Rogan (DIT Law) in partnership with the Public Interest Law Alliance (PILA), the National Women’s Council (NWCI), the Gay & Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) and the Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI).
Speakers will include: Professor Cathryn Costello, University of Oxford;
The summer holiday's are nearly over, my own children will be back to school soon and both the new Dáil term and Trinity College term will be starting in a few weeks time. But I was asked to join some of my colleagues in sharing what we have been reading over the summer, for the full Irish Times article (Saturday 22nd August) follow the link.
With Labour Party colleagues Pat Rabbitte TD, Kevin Humphries TD, and Ruairi Quinn TD, at last month's Dublin Bay South selection convention. I was happy to support Kevin's successful nomination in the contest for the upcoming General Election and I wish him well.