BACIK PAYS TRIBUTE TO REFORMING MINISTER FOR EDUCATION
As Labour group leader in the Seanad, Senator Ivana Bacik today paid tribute to the great reforming work and tremendous legacy of Minister Ruairi Quinn, who announced today he would be stepping down as Minister for Education.
Senator Ivana Bacik: I also welcome the appointments by the Minister to the expert group, in particular to very much welcome the fact that it will be chaired by former judge and Senator, Catherine McGuinness, who has proven herself an excellent chair on similar expert group reports on very different issues such as the prison at Thornton Hall. I anticipate that the group will conduct its hearings in a thorough and comprehensive manner.
As Chairperson of the interim Board of the Portobello Educate Together National School, I have been working with our many supporters in the local community for over three years to establish a new multi-denominational school. The school opened on 2nd September 2013 in the former Film Censor’s office on Harcourt Terrace, beside the former garda station and it is going really well.
We had a big Fun Day event in Iveagh Gardens to celebrate the opening on Sunday 29th September and a pub quiz fundraiser is happening at 8pm on Friday 22nd November 2013 (8pm, McGowan's pub, Harold's Cross).
In case you missed it, you can listen back to this radio programme, the final episode of a documentary series narrating the events that led to the landmark labour versus capital conflict in Dublin in 1913. I was delighted to participate as the 1913 Lockout is commemorated.
I was pleased to be invited to speak as part of the series of lectures organised by The People's College, Dublin on Collective Bargaining. Here is a You Tube link as I spoke with students and guests on the right to collective bargaining and on the shape of pending Government legislation.
Employment Equality (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2013: Second Stage
Wednesday, 13 March 2013
Senator Ivana Bacik: I move: "That the Bill be now read a Second Time."
It gives me great pleasure to introduce the Employment Equality (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2013. I welcome the Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality, Deputy Kathleen Lynch, and thank her for taking the Bill on behalf of the Government.