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Order of Business, Seanad Éireann - Competition (Amendment) Bill 2016

Posted on January 20, 2016

Competition (Amendment) Bill 2016

Order of Business, Seanad Éireann - Competition Bill 2016 

Tonight in the House I look forward to introducing a very important Private Members' Bill in Labour Party Private Members' time which I will be proposing and Senator Aideen Hayden will be seconding, namely, the Competition (Amendment) Bill 2016 which seeks to expand the rights of collective bargaining for workers. It is a Bill that has been sought by trade unions for some years. I have been working on it for some years and I know the introduction of the Bill is being welcomed by SIPTU, the NUJ and Irish Equity, among others. Colleagues will be aware that the operation of the Competition Act 2002, in particular, restricts the capacity of unions to negotiate on behalf of freelance members, such as freelance actors or journalists, in setting pay rates. The Bill seeks to exempt certain groups of workers from the prohibition in competition law against price fixing. We are trying to take the middle ground to ensure there is no detriment to the consumer because the Competition Act is concerned with consumer protection. I am happy to provide a briefing on the Bill to any Members who wish to have one in advance of its introduction at 5 p.m. Members of the unions affected will be present in the Gallery tonight to see the Bill debated on Second Stage. It is an important plank of the Labour Party policy and it should receive a general welcome from across the House as well as from the Minister.

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'This House Believes Theism is a Reasonable Philosophical Stance' - Metafizz presents Hitchens, Masterson, Nugent, Bacik in

Posted on January 18, 2016

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Debate: 'This House Believes Theism is a Reasonable Philosophical Stance' - hosted by The METAFIZZ: a Philosophers' Society.  

On Monday 18th January, 2016 I was invited to speak at this Trinity debate organised by The Metafizz: a Philospher's Society. 

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New Year - First Order of Business, Seanad Éireann 2016

Posted on January 14, 2016

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Order of Business, Seanad Éireann 

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Senator Ivana Bacik:   'I join others in wishing you, a Chathaoirligh, your staff and all present a happy new year. I also congratulate Mr. Peter Finnegan on his new appointment. I thank the Leader for facilitating a debate on flooding next week.

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Media coverage from Labour Women Repeal the 8th Amendment policy publication

Posted on December 19, 2015

March For Choice - Labour Women and Labour Equality march in solidarity

Media coverage from Labour Women Repeal the 8th Amendment policy publication 

Her.ie December 2015

'It will allow abortion on four medically certified grounds: risk to life; risk to health; rape; and fatal foetal abnormality. The test for assessing risk to health will be that of “real and substantial risk”, a test with which doctors are familiar from existing law. A stricter test will apply for risk to health where abortion is sought beyond the first trimester. '

http://www.her.ie/news/labour-party-launches-repeal-the-eight-amendment-bill/266529

 

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SEANAD NEWS December 2015

Posted on December 17, 2015

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2016 from Leinster House

SEANAD NEWS December 2015 

As we approach the Christmas break,  here's a short update on the work that I have been doing politically in recent months. As always, you will see more information on all these issues and more in the various sections of the website, on facebook (ivana bacik) and twitter (@ivanabacik).

May I wish you the very best wishes for Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year,

Many thanks for your continued support,

Very best wishes, Ivana. 

 

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Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Bill 2013 passes final stages in the Seanad

Posted on December 15, 2015

With Minister of State Kathleen Lynch and Senator Mary Moran in Leinster House

Great to see the Assisted Decision Making Bill pass final stage in the Seanad. Here is a contribution I made at Second Stage.

http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2015111000002?opendocument#O00100

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Seanad Update: Justice and Equality week!

Posted on December 11, 2015

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Seanad Update: Human Rights - Justice and Equality week!

7-11th December, 

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Direct Provision: Welcome the proposals being debated through the stages of the International Protection Bill 2015

Posted on December 10, 2015

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Direct Provision: Welcome the proposals being debated through the stages of the International Protection Bill 2015

Like many of my colleagues in both Houses I have called for a number of debates and spoken passionately on a number of occasions on Direct Provision and the desperate need for reform. I welcomed this week's debate and while it isn't wholly conclusive I do see this Bill as a significant improvement. Let us be honest about it. We know that we have limited time left in the lifetime of the Government. Let us try to get the Bill through, improve it as it goes through, engage constructively on it with the Government to seek to bring about the other recommendations of the working group as they relate to direct provision and work towards the future overarching immigration law reform we so badly need. This is the first step which is welcome and long overdue.

The link below will link you to the many contributions I have made and raised on Direct Provision. 

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End of term - busy schedule and lots on the agenda!

Posted on December 04, 2015

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End of term - busy schedule and lots on the agenda!

This time of year is always busy as we wrap up before the Christmas holidays and there is much on the Seanad, Dáil and Committee agenda's. Here are a few issues I raised this week in the Order of Business, 1-3rd December 2015

  • The House recently concluded a debate on the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill, which was very welcome, but in the new year I would like us to have a debate on how best to implement the policy in the Bill and how best to ensure we meet our targets in light of whatever decisions are made in Paris. I know all colleagues will want to join in expressing hope for a positive and effective agreement among the international leaders represented in Paris. I welcome the speech by the US President, Barack Obama, at the Paris summit yesterday, where he pointed out that the Paris conference is a potential turning point for us in respect of curbing global warming. We are at a critical point to try to ensure we do not see it take hold, with the dire consequences we all know will occur. I concur with Senator Ó Murchú's comments on Ireland's role in this. Clearly, it will be difficult for us to seek to meet the 20% reduction by 2020, particularly because of our agricultural emissions, but we have a duty to ensure that we try to meet these targets.

  • I welcome the Northern Ireland High Court decision yesterday, by Judge Mark Horner, in a case taken by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. The judge found a breach of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights in respect of the failure to provide for abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality and rape. Clearly, there are implications for this jurisdiction, but the Leader has agreed already to a debate on that in the new year.

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Success as Section 37.1 Employment Equality (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2013 is finally passed!

Posted on December 04, 2015

Passage of Section 37.1 Amendment!

So pleased to finally see this amendment to the Employment Equality Act finally passed and justice prevailed for LGBT workers in the Education and Health Care field. Congratulations to all who worked so hard and for so long to add to what has been a great year for equality measures! 

I first introduced the amendment of Section 37.1 back in March 2013 and I'm thrilled to see its completion.  #Equality 

http://ivanabacik.com/blog/2015/02/19/section-371-update-employment-equality-amendment-n/

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