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WiSER Talk: “As bad as it gets…as good as it could be? Leave Provision for Fathers in Ireland and Sweden” - EU House, Dublin

Posted on October 21, 2014

With Prof Linda Haas and Prof Eileen Drew WiSER

WiSER Talk: “As bad as it gets…as good as it could be? Leave Provision for Fathers in Ireland and Sweden”

On Tuesday, 21st October I was invited to Chair the WiSER TCD debate in EU House. This timely public lecture explored Ireland's current leave provision, particularly for fathers, against the backdrop of Sweden's provision of paid paternity/paren​tal leave and the subsequent take-up of leave by fathers in Sweden.  The speakers were two members of the International Network on Leave Policies and Research: Professor Eileen Drew, Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) and Professor Linda Haas, Indiana University (USA).

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'Imprison fewer women', - Village Magazine article

Posted on October 17, 2014

Women-Behind-Bars - Village Magazine

'Imprison fewer women' - by Ivana Bacik

Village Magazine Oct 2014

'Women are a tiny minority in prisons and a particularly marginalised and vulnerable group. On average, only about 3-4% of those in prison are women. While prison numbers in Ireland generally have stabilised and even reduced in recent years, there have been increasing numbers of women committed to prison.'

To read more follow the link or buy a copy this month.

Posted in: ConstitutionEqualityEurope/InternationalHuman RightsJusticeNewsSocial PolicyWomen's Rights

Speaking at the INMO & RCNI All-Ireland Midwifery Conference, Santry, Dublin

Posted on October 16, 2014

inmo group picture

'Pregnancy Pathways' - INMO & RCNI All-Ireland Midwifery Conference, Santry, Dublin

Speaking at the INMO and RCNI All-Ireland Annual Midwifery Conference in Santry, Dublin, on Thursday 16th October, I called for a review of the maternity care system, in particular focusing on the need to provide greater diversity of maternity care models, so that women may have greater freedom to choose to have midwife-led care in hospital; or to choose to have a home-birth.

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Speaking to the gathered TCD Students Union ahead of the USI #EducationIs Rally

Posted on October 08, 2014

Speaking to the TCD Students Union gathering - USI Rally

It was great to see the Trinity College Dublin Students Union gather in Front Square ahead of the USI (Union Students of Ireland) Rally to the Dail and an honour to address the crowd.


Posted in: ChildrenCulture & ArtsEconomyEducationEqualityHuman RightsJusticeNewsSocial Policy

Outside Leinster House with AIMS Ireland and others in support of women's choice in maternity care

Posted on October 08, 2014

AIMS ireland

Outside Leinster House with AIMS Ireland and others in support of women's choice in maternity care #PhilomenaCanning

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'Bringing ESC Rights Home' - Amnesty Ireland Report launch

Posted on October 08, 2014

Amnesty Ireland ESC Report

Today I attended the launch of the Amnesty International Ireland Report on ESC Rights, 'Bringing ESC Rights Home'.

Following the launch I used the opportunity through the Order of Business to ask the Leader to arrange a debate highlighting the economic, social and cultural rights that Amnesty Ireland have reported on.

Order of Business - 8/10/14

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'37.1' - a short film on Section 37.1 (Employment Equality Act)

Posted on September 25, 2014

Dublin Pride 2014


Congratulations and many thanks to Carly Hamilton for highlighting the important issues and concerns that effect LGBT lives, particularly staff in the teaching profession who currently face discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation in religious run institutions.

Section 37.1 of the the Employment Equality Act is soon to be amended and this video captures the urgency of getting it passed soon.

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Posted in: EducationEqualityHuman RightsJusticeLGBT RightsNewsSeanadSocial Policy

Senator Bacik Welcomes Minister of State Aodhan O’Riordain's Commitment to Securing Equality Laws

Posted on September 11, 2014


I am delighted to hear the news that Minister of State Aodhan O’Riordain, Department of Justice & Equality,  has this week announced his commitment to working with senators in the coming months to advance legislation that will amend Section 37.1 of the Employment Equality Act.

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'Business as usual amid political inaction on abortion' - Irish Times, 20th August 2014

Posted on September 04, 2014


'Business as usual amid political inaction on abortion - Analysis: Small number of politicians not shy about taking to airwaves over controversy', Mary Minihan, Irish Times, Wed 20th August, 2014

Posted in: ChildrenConstitutionEqualityHealthHuman RightsJusticeNewsSeanadSocial PolicyWomen's Rights

Press coverage - Irish Times, 'Life Free From Fear' report launch

Posted on September 03, 2014

Launch of Hate Crime Report

'Ireland is ‘outlier’ without legislation on hate crime; Ivana Bacik hopes ‘controversial’ proposals will be adopted by Government', Mary Minihan, Irish Times, Tues Sept 3, 2014

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