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Section 37.1 update - Employment Equality (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2013

Posted on February 19, 2015

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Today in the Order of Business I reminded the Minister of the urgency to amend the Employment Equality Act and asked that we get an update on how soon we can see the changes that currently discriminate against LGBT identifying teachers and health workers.

I was pleased in 2013 to publish the Employment Equality (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2013 and watch it progress through the various committee stages. 

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Fatal Foetal Abnormalities - urgent need to legislate!

Posted on February 16, 2015

Fatal Foetal Abnormalities - urgent need to legislate!

Following the defeat of Clare Daly's Fatal Foetal Abnormalities Bill which was largely deemed unconstitutional by those who voted against it, I wrote to Jerry Buttimer, TD Chair of the Oireachtas Health Committee asking that they hold hearings to begin the process of examining the possibility of legislating for abortion in cases of fatal fetal abnormalities.

Here is some of the coverage around my call for further action.

Irish Times on Thursday 12th February coverage of my letter to the Oireachtas Health Committee. http://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/senator-asks-health-committee-to-resume-abortion-hearings-1.2100440

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Order of Business – Seanad Eireann 3rd-5th February 2015

Posted on February 05, 2015

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Order of Business – Seanad Eireann 3rd-5th February 2015

Order of Business Digest – Contributions from Senator Ivana Bacik. Follow the links for more details.

http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2015020300014?opendocument

  • Aer Lingus takeover discussions
  • Accenture jobs announcement
  • 100 new Garda recruits
  • Overseas development
  • Human rights compliance
  • Release of Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste/ Egypt
  • Human rights in Egypt
  • Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2015020500007?opendocument

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Posted in: ChildrenConstitutionEconomyEducationEqualityEurope/InternationalHealthHuman RightsJusticeLGBT RightsNewsResearchSeanadSocial PolicyWomen's Rights

Order of Business – Seanad Eireann 20th – 27th January 2015 Digest

Posted on January 27, 2015

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Order of Business – Seanad Eireann 20th – 27th January 2015

Order of Business Digest – Contributions from Senator Ivana Bacik. Follow the links for more details.

http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2015012000014?opendocument

  • Happy New Year
  • Charlie Hebdo tragedy
  • Democracy
  • Freedom of speech
  • Blasphemy
  • Defamation Act
  • Extensive legislative programming
  • 41 Bills on the A list
  • Climate Action
  • Low Carbon Development Bill
  • Gender Recognition Bill
  • Employment Equality (Amendment) No. 2 Bill (Section 37.1)
  • LGBT rights
  • Marriage Equality Refeferndum
  • Opinion Polls
  • Complacency
  • Child and Family Relationships Bill

http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2015012100006?opendocument

  • 70th Anniversary - Auschwitz Liberation
  • Second World War
  • Aer Lingus
  • Potential job losses 3,500
  • Syriza victory
  • EU
  • Recession
  • Debate on EU policy / financial and monetary policy

 

http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2015012800009?opendocument

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Posted in: ChildrenConstitutionEconomyEducationEqualityEurope/InternationalHealthHuman RightsJusticeLGBT RightsNewsSeanadSocial PolicyThe EnvironmentWomen's Rights

Direct Provision System revisited

Posted on January 26, 2015

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Last week in the Seanad I welcomed the fact that we were debating the issue of Direct Provision again. Here is the transcript from my contribution to the debate when Minister O'Riordan returned to the chamber to discuss further issues.

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Order of Business – Seanad Eireann 16th-17th December 2014

Posted on December 18, 2014

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Order of Business – Seanad Eireann 16th-17th December 2014

This week in the Order of Business – Contributions from Senator Ivana Bacik. Follow the links for more details.

http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2014121600004?opendocument

  • Sympathy for the victims in the Sydney siege tragedy
  • Referendum 2015 – Marriage Equality, Voting age, Blasphemy
  • Low Pay Commission
  • Deputy Gerald Nash, Minister of State at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2014121700003?opendocument

  • Pakistan massacre/ Taliban
  • Children’s Rights – Childline funding
  • Banking Inquiry
  • ECB
  • Northern Ireland talks
  • Collective Bargaining

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Repeal the Eighth Amendment Commission - Order of business 9th December

Posted on December 09, 2014

first meeting of the Labour Women Commission on Repeal of the Eighth Amendment 10 dec 14

This week in the Order of Business I welcomed the announcement of the Labour Women's newly formed Repeal the Eighth Amendment Commission.

http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2014120900005?opendocument

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Labour Women establish Commission on Repeal of the 8th Amendment

Posted on December 05, 2014

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LABOUR WOMEN ESTABLISH COMMISSION ON REPEAL OF THE EIGHTH AMENDMENT

Labour Women, the women’s section of the Labour Party, has established a Labour Women Commission on Repeal of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution (Article 40.3.3).

This Commission is tasked with examining the best legal and political strategies to accomplish:

1. Repeal of Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution in its entirety;

2. The introduction of detailed legislation providing for the circumstances in which abortion may legally take place.

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Order of Business - Seanad Eireann 2nd - 4th December 2014

Posted on December 05, 2014

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Order of Business - Seanad Eireann 2-4th December 2014

This week in the Order of Business – Contributions from Senator Ivana Bacik. Follow the links for more details.

http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2014120200004?opendocument

  • Homeless

  • Jonathan Corrie tragedy

  • Education & Skills

  • Junior Cycle reform

  • Strike action

  • Sexual Offences Bill

http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2014120300003?opendocument

  • Banking crisis motions

  • Yeats 2015

  • Jonathan Corrie

  • Dublin local authorities & NGO sector to meet Deputy Kelly on homelessness crisis

  • Closure of homeless accommodation units

  • Hooded men case

  • European Court of Human Rights

  • Women in Academia

  • Micheline Sheehy Skeffington

  • Junior cycle reform

  • Tom Collins, Irish Times

 

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Remembering the women who have died at the hands of a partner or ex-partner

Posted on November 20, 2014

Sen. Marie Moloney, Ciara Conway T.D, myself and Sen. Mary Moran - violence against women vigil

Today in Seanad Éireann, Leinster House we observed a minute silence and after gathered outside to remember the women who have been murdered in Ireland at the hands of a partner or an ex partner in Ireland.

For more information, perhaps you need support or would like to help Women's Aid with the important work the work that they do please check out their website.

http://www.womensaid.ie/newsevents/news/2014/11/20/remembering-stolen-lives-outside-dail-eireann-wome/  

#78 #WomensAid #violenceagainstwomen

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