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.
It was great to meet Nikki Murphy and her fellow volunteer colleague in the Seanad last month. They are a part of a campaign working hard to establish an Educate Together school, in D6, Terenure. I wish them every success and fully support their call to offer more educational choices for parents and their children.
As we approach the summer break, I here's a short update on the work that I have been doing politically in recent months. As always, you will see more information on all these issues and more throughout sections of the website www.ivanabacik.com, on facebook (Ivana Bacik) and twitter (@ivanabacik).
The political highlight of the past year so far has been the great success of the Marriage Equality Referendum on 22nd May – a resounding 62% for the Yes vote – a wonderful result!
SENATOR BACIK CALLS FOR INTRODUCTION OF ‘BIKE TO SCHOOL’ SCHEME
Senator Ivana Bacik, Labour Leader, Seanad Spokesperson on Justice, Monday 20th July, 2015
Speaking in the Seanad today, Senator Ivana Bacik called for the introduction of a new ‘Bike to School’ scheme. The idea for this scheme is that it would expand the very successful employee/employer Cycle to Work scheme, introduced in 2009, to enable employers to provide employees with tax-exempt bicycle/bicycle safety equipment for their school-age children.
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."
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.