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.
Senator Ivana Bacik: It is not often that I rise to support Senator Darragh O'Brien's remarks robustly, but it was a great day for Dublin and I join with the Senator in congratulating the team and Pat Gilroy, its manager. It is probably no coincidence that tomorrow will be blue day in the Oireachtas.
Senator Ivana Bacik: I second the amendment proposed by Senator Fitzgerald calling for a debate on this most disturbing report, which is of deep concern to all of us. In 2010, with all the revelations and reports we have had, we are still seeing such immense failings in our child protection system.
That Seanad Éireann notes with concern the rise in joblessness in Ireland, in particular the rise in youth unemployment; and calls on the Government to implement a jobs strategy, including retraining and back to education support, to tackle this crisis.
Senator Ivana Bacik: I wish to propose the motion.
An Cathaoirleach: It has been moved and seconded. If the Senator wishes to speak to it, she has 12 minutes.
Irish Daily Mail - Commentary on the Budget Ivana Bacik, Labour Senator for Dublin University 9th December 2009
This Budget is a bitter pill for families to swallow. The cuts in child benefit will force many into poverty; the reductions in welfare payments will throw many more onto the breadline. In slashing benefits for children and the young unemployed, the Minister for Finance has picked on the softest targets.