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Youtube: Section 37 amendment debate and call for a "revolution" of our education system

Posted on July 13, 2015

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Employment Equality (Amendment) (No.2) Bill 2013: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage, Thursday 9th July 2015

"A revolution is required... we need to break the hold, the stranglehold that the Churches, plural but in particular the Catholic Church have on our primary education system and indeed our secondary education system too." 

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Posted in: ChildrenConstitutionEducationEqualityHuman RightsJusticeLGBT RightsNewsSeanadSocial Policy

BACIK CALLS FOR LEGISLATION ON HATE CRIME

Posted on July 09, 2015

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BACIK CALLS FOR LEGISLATION ON HATE CRIME

Labour Seanad leader, Spokesperson on Justice
Thursday 9th July 2015

Senator Ivana Bacik will this evening be one of the speakers at a public meeting hosted by Labour Equality on 'Hate Crime: Old Prejudices, New Responses' to be held at 7pm in Wynns Hotel. 

In her speech tonight, Senator Bacik will call for the introduction of legislation on hate crime, and will say:

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Posted in: ChildrenConstitutionEconomyEducationEqualityHealthHuman RightsJusticeLGBT RightsNewsSocial PolicyWomen's Rights

‘CHECK THE REGISTER’ SYSTEM FOR SEANAD UNIVERSITY PANEL VOTERS - Seanad Reform Debate

Posted on July 09, 2015

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Report of Working Group on Seanad Reform 2015: Statements

Speaking during a debate on Seanad reform in the Seanad yesterday, I called called for the introduction of wide-ranging reforms of the Seanad, and made constructive proposals based upon the Report of the Working Group on Seanad Reform.

The proposals included the recommendation that the existing registers of voters on the University Seanad panels (ie the registers kept by the NUI and by Dublin University) should be accessible online by graduates, in the same way that the General Election registers is accessible online at www.checktheregister.ie.

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Posted in: ConstitutionEurope/InternationalHuman RightsNewsSeanadSocial Policy

Commemorating the Srebrenica genocide - 20 Years on

Posted on July 08, 2015

Commemorating the Sbrebrenica Genocide 20 years ago

Commemorating the Srebrenica genocide - 20 Years on

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Posted in: Europe/InternationalHuman RightsJusticeNews

Order of Business: Employment Equality (Amendment) (No.2) Bill - Committee Stage

Posted on July 02, 2015

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Thursday, 2 July 2015

Order of Business

I thank the Leader for scheduling the resumed Committee Stage of the Employment Equality (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill for this afternoon. I advise colleagues that this Bill started life as a Private Members' Bill introduced by Senator Moran and myself on behalf of the Labour Party in March 2013. On Second Stage, 11 Members spoke and, as such, there is significant interest in the legislation, which is intended to amend section 37 of the Employment Equality Act to ensure that discrimination against teachers, in particular, on the basis of sexuality or family status will no longer be possible. It is a very important Bill and there is great interest in it from civil society, the unions and LGBT rights groups. It was delayed and we had Committee Stage over two dates in March 2014, at which time there was again a great deal of interest from colleagues. In light of that, we are scheduling the resumption of Committee Stage, which will hopefully conclude this evening, as the Government has now approved a set of amendments for Report Stage. We hope Report Stage will take place next week. Those Senators who tabled amendments on Committee Stage, Senators Zappone and Power, have been briefed by the Minister of State, Deputy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, and a further briefing has been arranged for next Tuesday, 7 July, at 3 p.m. for all Senators with an interest in the Bill so that people can have a full briefing on what the Report Stage amendments will entail. The meeting will take place in meeting room C in LH 2000. I have circulated a notice on that at the request of the Minister of State. It is a very important Bill and it is a good day for the Seanad to see it progress as a Government Bill, having started life as a Private Members'

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Order of Business: Justice For Clerys Workers - Workers Rights

Posted on July 02, 2015

Justice for Clerys Workers - Workers Rights

Seanad Eireann - Order of Business 

Wednesday, 1st July 2015

Yesterday in the Order of Business I used the opportunity to raise the issues and call again for a much needed debate with regards to the Clery's workers. 

      "We might also have a general debate in due course on industrial relations with regard to business closures and having respect for workers. The Minister of State, Deputy Nash, was in the House yesterday dealing with the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Bill. I, along with many colleagues, met some of the former Clery's employees outside Leinster House yesterday. Those employees were treated with immense disrespect by the new owners of Clery's. Along with many colleagues, I signed a petition in support of the former employees who are seeking a meeting with Natrium, the new company with ownership of Clery's, and asking that it treat them with greater respect. We must ensure there is greater respect for both the employees and the concession holders, who were also so badly treated in the very sudden closure of Clery's, which was carried out without notice. I believe we can achieve cross-party consensus on the need to reform industrial relations in that area."

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Posted in: EconomyEqualityEurope/InternationalJusticeNewsSeanadSocial Policy

YouTube: Harmful and Malicious Electronic Communications Bill 2015: Second Stage [Private Members]

Posted on July 01, 2015

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Harmful and Malicious Electronic Communications Bill 2015: Second Stage [Private Members]

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Watch my contribution yesterday in Seanad Éireann​ in support of my colleague Lorraine Higgins​ Harmful and Malicious Electronic Communications Bill 2015: Second Stage [Private Members]

For the full text of my transcript follow the Oireachtas website link below.

http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2015070100002?opendocument#A00100

Posted in: ChildrenConstitutionHuman RightsJusticeNewsSocial Policy

Justice For Clerys - Workers Rights

Posted on June 22, 2015

Justice for Clerys - Workers Rights

Justice For Clerys - Workers Rights

Seanad Eireann Order of Business - Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Last week in the Order of Business I called for a debate on the matters arising from the unforeseen Clerys shop closure  on Friday 12th June. 

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Posted in: EconomyJusticeNewsSocial Policy

Václav Havel, former President of Czechoslovakia - In his honour

Posted on June 18, 2015

Remembering Vaclav Havel with Dominic Hannigan,TD and Czech Ambassador

It was an honour to attent the unveiling of a bust in honour of the late Václav Havel, former President of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic, at 5 p.m. in Leinster House. This is an important event. Václav Havel, of course, was a real figurehead for democracy and democratic values across Central Europe, but also internationally. It is fitting that we are unveiling this memorial. I have been involved somewhat in the plans to unveil it and as somebody with Czech-Irish heritage, I am glad that we will have this bust in place in Leinster House from this afternoon.

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Beit Collection - National Treasures

Posted on June 18, 2015

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