Blog Archive | Equality

Senator Ivana Bacik Seconds the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2014

Posted on June 19, 2014


Senator Ivana Bacik Seconds the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2014 proposed by Senator Katherine Zappone. 

10th June 2014.

Posted in: EqualityHuman RightsSeanadSocial Policy

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Bill 2014: Second Stage

Posted on June 18, 2014


Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Bill 2014: Second Stage

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

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Posted in: EqualityHuman RightsJusticeWomen's Rights

Order of Business, Seanad (10 June 2014)

Posted on June 17, 2014


Subject - Mother and Baby homes; Industrial schools; Domestic Violence; #SafeIreland

Posted in: ChildrenEqualityHuman RightsJusticeSocial PolicyWomen's Rights

Racism in Ireland Motion: 4th June 2014

Posted on June 10, 2014


Seanad Debate - Racism in Ireland Motion: 4th June 2014

 Go raibh maith agat, a Chathaoirligh. I welcome the Minister of State, Deputy Lynch, to the House. She is always welcome and is a regular attendee here.

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Posted in: EqualityEurope/InternationalHuman RightsJusticeLGBT RightsSeanadSocial PolicyWomen's Rights

Bacik Delighted to Lead for Labour Senators at Committee Stage of Labour's Equality Bill

Posted on April 08, 2014



Senator Ivana Bacik will tomorrow Wed 9th April be leading for the Labour Senators group at Committee stage of the Employment Equality (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2013. This Bill was proposed by the Labour Senators group in March 2013 and passed through Second Stage on 13th March 2013 with Government support.

Senator Bacik said today:

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Press Statement: Oireachtas Members Commend Inclusive Approach to St Pat's For All Support Video

Posted on March 06, 2014


Speaking today, Deputies Jerry Buttimer (FG) and John Halligan (Independent), along with Senator Ivana Bacik (Labour Party), have commended Senator Averil Power (FF) for organising a cross-party video message in support of the inclusive ‘St. Pat’s for All’ parade in New York City to mark St. Patrick’s Day.

The three Oireachtas members said today:

“We were all delighted to participate in this video, which was a collaborative project. Each of us was given the opportunity to change the lines provisionally given to us in the draft script and some of us did indeed do so. It was made clear to us at every stage that the intention was to agree on a wording that everyone was happy with.

“We regret that no representative from Sinn Féin took part, but we know that every effort was made by Senator Power to ensure that they would participate. We understand that the Sinn Féin representative did not wish to read out a particular message, but then refused an offer to read out a different line instead and made it clear that the party’s concern was in fact with the overall message of the script.

“We believe that the video message recorded by representatives of the four largest political groupings in the Oireachtas sends out a very important message in support of an inclusive parade, which celebrates among other Irish-American groups, members of the LGBT community, a group whose contribution to Irish-American society broadly deserves to be celebrated openly and proudly, along with the many other diverse groups that make up the modern global Irish community. We commend Senator Averil Power for taking this initiative to organise a cross-party message of support for the St. Pat’s for All parade organisers, and we wish them every success with their parade, and a Happy St. Patrick’s Day.”

The cross-party 'St Pats For All' video is online at


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Senator Bacik calls for debate on Ukraine, on gender balanced Oireachtas, and diversity in the workplace

Posted on March 05, 2014


Order of Business

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Senator Bacik asks for Debate on GSOC and Commends Minister Burton's Decision Not to Attend the St Patrick's Day Parade in New York

Posted on February 11, 2014


Order of Business

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Posted in: EqualityJusticeLGBT Rights

Press Coverage of the Oireachtas Women Picture Launch

Posted on November 07, 2013

Oireachtas Women Photograph Unveiling

To read Lise Hand's article, 'Ladies of Leinster House earn place in history', which appeared in today's Irish Independent please click here.

You can also read the article below:

'Ladies of Leinster House earn place in history', Lise Hand, Irish Independent (7th November 2013).

A QUINTET of Oireachtas 'femmes formidables' assembled on the Leinster House plinth to unveil a photo which will shortly hang inside the building.

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Posted in: EqualityWomen's Rights

Address to Seanad Éireann by Mr. David Begg - Lockout 1913

Posted on September 25, 2013

Jim Larkin

Address to Seanad Éireann by Mr. David Begg

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

I welcome David Begg to the House, it is a pleasure to have the General Secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions here. It is important to mark the 1913 Lock-out centenary in this way and that we speak also about its relevance to modern Ireland. I had to propose to a previous meeting of the Committee on Procedure and Privileges that Mr. Begg would address us, and it is great that he is here to do so. As the Leader has said, we have gone one better than the Lower House in our approach to marking the centenary.

I am personally delighted because I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Begg on the TASC democracy commission, which I view as a precursor to the constitutional convention in the sense that we looked at issues around participation in democracy and encouraging greater participation by young people in particular. We did important work on that issue.
Mr. Begg has given a wonderful, clear and comprehensive overview of the complex history and the context of the Lock-out. There is no doubt it was a tragedy and a defeat. As Mr Begg mentioned, it was effectively an unconditional surrender and a betrayal of the working classes who had united in solidarity behind the charismatic and strongly revered Jim Larkin. Of course, he was equally loathed by those on the other side and, in many ways, he became a divisive figure. The Lock-out has achieved an iconic status and it was undoubtedly a pivotal moment in Irish history. One strand of historical work focuses on the personality of Larkin and the relationship he had with other leaders, such as Connolly and O'Brien. That highlights the splits and divide in the trade union movement which Mr. Begg described as a kind of civil war, which is one of enduring effects after 1913. That is only one interpretation of 1913 and it is often the interpretation of those who take an anti-trade union perspective. However, there is another important take on the Lock-out that has left a more lasting legacy to which Mr. Begg alluded. The widespread and common perception of 1913 is that it was a brutal put-down by a ruthless employer, William Martin Murphy, and his allies, of workers and their families who were living in appalling conditions and in starvation. Those conditions are so far removed, happily, from current circumstances that it is often hard to see the relevance. There is a renewed interest in the social context of the Lock-out. One only has to look at the revived interest in Strumpet City and recent cultural events, including the reopening of the house on Henrietta Street, the television programmes about tenement life and people's living conditions, and recent dramas in the fringe festival and in Dublin City Hall for culture night to see that.

All of these events have focused on people's living conditions at the time and the impact of the employers' tactics on women and children, in particular.

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