Blog Archive | 2020

‘I did not break any law’ | Police enforcement of the lockdown – legal powers and practice

Posted on September 15, 2020

Ivana Bacik

Written for Trinity College Dublin's Covid-19 Law and Human Right's Observatory. A link to the article on their website is available here. Updated 14 September 2020

What is a ‘Lockdown’?

Over the past year, governments worldwide have used ‘lockdown’ strategies to suppress transmission of Covid-19. But this has meant different things in different countries. Some authoritarian regimes have imposed tough restrictions on public movement, with penal sanctions attached. But in Ireland - as in most Western democracies - ‘lockdown’ has involved a combination of ‘soft’ guidelines without sanctions for breach; and ‘hard’ rules carrying the force of criminal law.

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Posted in: ConstitutionHuman RightsJusticeSeanad

Senator Bacik confirms Labour's view on powers of incoming Seanad

Posted on March 27, 2020

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Speaking today on the Seanad Order of Business in advance of the debate on the Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid-19) Bill 2020, Senator Ivana Bacik expressed condolences to the families of all those bereaved as a result of the coronavirus, and to all those affected by it through illness or loss of income.

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Posted in: ConstitutionHealthNewsSeanad

Presidents of Irish Universities and Institutes of Technology contact up to 250,000 students to reinforce the critical importance of social distancing.

Posted on March 16, 2020

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The Presidents of all of Ireland’s Universities and Institutes of Technology have today (Monday March 16th) issued a plea to every student to fully follow set guidelines on social distancing to protect themselves from infection and to slow down the spread of Covid 19 in order to protect others.

The Presidents have issued a joint letter which is being emailed to up to 250,000 students today to recognise the seriousness of the public health challenge and to act responsibly in the weeks and months ahead.

The content of the joint letter is as follows:


Dear student,

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Posted in: EducationHealthNews

Meet the Candidates

Posted on March 14, 2020

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I am honoured to represent Dublin University in Seanad Éireann and am standing for re-election on my track record as an effective and tireless legislator.

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Posted in: EducationEqualityHuman RightsJusticeNewsSeanad

Seanad Election 2020

Posted on March 10, 2020

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Dear Supporter,

Thank you for the great ongoing support. I am emailing to update you on the Seanad campaign. Ballot papers have now been sent out by registered post to the approx. 64,000 voters on the Dublin University/Trinity register and must be returned by 11am on Tuesday 31st March – exactly three weeks from today!

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Posted in: NewsSeanad

Seanad Campaign 2020

Posted on February 25, 2020

Ivana Bacik

I am emailing to update you on the 2020 Seanad elections for Dublin University. I submitted my nomination papers in advance of the closing date (14th February 2020), and wish to thank all of those who kindly proposed and nominated me, and those who have offered me support. If you would like to be listed as a supporter on my website, I would really appreciate that – please do let me know.

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Posted in: NewsSeanad