Blog Archive | Constitution
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
Posted on February 13, 2015
Geat turn out today in Trinity College Dublin for the Constitutional Convention Seminar I organised as part of the Trinity School of Law.
Many thanks to our guest speakers Lia Hegarty, Consultant in Legislation and Public Affairs and Prof. David Farrell professor of politics, UCD for their expert insight and input.
#ConstitutionalConvention #DeliberativeDemocracy https://www.constitution.ie/
Posted on February 05, 2015 Order of Business – Seanad Eireann 3 rd-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)
Posted on February 02, 2015 "That this house supports marriage equality in the upcoming referendum" The King's Inns Gay and Lesbian Straight Alliance (KGLS) and the LSDSI annual debate in the Dining Hall of the Honorable Society of King's Inns, Henrietta Street.
Date: Thurday 19th February
Chair: Ms. Audrey Carville (RTE)
For the Motion: Senator Ivana Bacik and Senator Davod Norris.
Against the motion: Dr. John Murray, Iona Institute and Mr. Patrick Treacy SC.
Posted on January 27, 2015 Order of Business – Seanad Eireann 20 th – 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 70 th 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
Posted on December 18, 2014 Order of Business – Seanad Eireann 16 th-17 th 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
Pakistan massacre/ Taliban Children’s Rights – Childline funding Banking Inquiry ECB Northern Ireland talks Collective Bargaining
Posted on December 17, 2014
Here is the Youtube video of my contributions at the Electoral Commission Motion debate in the Seanad. Well done to Senator Fiach MacConghail and Senator Jillian Van Turnhout for initiating the debate and putting forward the motion.
Posted on December 09, 2014
This week in the Order of Business I welcomed the announcement of the Labour Women's newly formed Repeal the Eighth Amendment Commission.
Posted on December 05, 2014 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.
Posted on December 05, 2014
Order of Business - Seanad Eireann 2-4
th December 2014
This week in the Order of Business – Contributions from Senator Ivana Bacik. Follow the links for more details.
Jonathan Corrie tragedy
Education & Skills
Junior Cycle reform
Sexual Offences Bill
Banking crisis motions
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