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Posted on November 30, 2015

Press conference: Labour Women Repeal 8th Amendment launch


November 2015

A Framework for the Scheme of the Bill which would be introduced by the Labour Party into the Oireachtas if Article 40.3.3 (the Eighth Amendment) of the Constitution were repealed by way of Referendum. This Bill would provide for the conditions under which terminations of pregnancy may be carried out legally in Ireland. 

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Irish Times, Wednesday, November 25th - Ivana Bacik: Repeal the Eighth Amendment for the sake of our daughters

Posted on November 26, 2015

Press conference: Labour Women Repeal 8th Amendment launch

Ivana Bacik: Repeal the Eighth Amendment for the sake of our daughters

Ivana Bacik, Sinead AhernLast Updated: Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 01:15

'We need to repeal the Eighth Amendment. This amendment, passed in 1983, has cast a blight over an entire generation – our generation, too young to have voted 32 years ago, but whose daughters are now growing up under its chill. Its effect has been utterly negative and in some cases, devastating. It has not prevented one crisis pregnancy. But it has compounded the crisis of pregnancy, particularly for those women for whom the journey to seek abortion abroad is particularly difficult: young women, women in poverty, asylum seekers.

It has symbolically portrayed women as vessels, equating our lives to those of the unborn. And, above all, it has endangered women’s lives by having a chilling effect on the practice of obstetrics in Ireland, making doctors afraid to intervene to save a pregnant woman’s life until she is close to death.

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Five weeks to go...

Posted on November 13, 2015

Oireachtas Bills

With just five weeks for the legislative programme up to Christmas I'm keen to see a number of urgent Bills passed and issues debated in both Houses #GettingDownToBusiness 

Senator Ivana Bacik, Order of Business, Thursday 12th November 2015.

'Yesterday, the justice committee had a two and a half hour meeting with the Garda Commissioner, Ms Nóirín O'Sullivan, in the course of which she answered a huge number of questions on an array of issues around policing. They covered a wide range of pressing matters, including gangland crime, drugs policy, firearms and so forth. There is a great deal of material from that meeting which we could explore further in a debate in this House on policing. In addition, when will the policing authority Bill finally be passed? It is an urgent Bill.

  With regard to legislation, when is the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill due back before the House? It passed Second Stage in the Seanad and there are only five weeks for the legislative programme up to Christmas. I am hopeful, as are other colleagues, that the Bill could be passed by this House by Christmas at the latest, so it can progress through the Dáil in advance of the general election. It is a very important and reforming Bill which, among other things, reforms the law on prostitution. It is important that it is passed. In addition, the Equality (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill, which was initiated in the Seanad and seeks to amend section 37 to prevent discrimination against gay and lesbian people in the teaching profession, is another Bill that I hope will be passed by the Dáil by Christmas. It has been passed by this House...

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Speaking in Stormont at the 'Young Female Leaders Academy'

Posted on October 22, 2015

Speaking in Stormont at the Young Female Leaders Academy.

Speaking in Stormont at the 'Young Female Leaders Academy'

Thursday 22nd October 2015

 I had the honour and great pleasure of speaking at the 'Young Female Leaders Academy' in Stormont. Organised by Politics Plus I joined Members of the Northern Irish Assembley and other highly engaging speakers in addressing the inspiring, young, female academy attendees. Great day and wonderful to meet so many enthusiastic potential leaders and decision makers.

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Climate Justice: Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill 2015

Posted on October 14, 2015


Climate Justice: Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill 2015

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

I was delighted to see the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill 2015 back in the Seanad for discussion this week, it's been a long time coming!

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'Even It Up' - Oxfam Ireland

Posted on September 24, 2015

'Even It Up' Campaign, Oxfam


I was delighted to hop onto the Oxfam 'Even It Up' bus today and show my support!



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Posted on September 17, 2015

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11am – 1pm Friday 18th September 2015, Dublin Institute of Technology 

Aungier Street campus, Management House (first floor, beside the library) (part of the CICL ‘Changing Ireland, Changing Law’ research project)

This is the third in a series of seminars being organised by myself Prof. Ivana Bacik (Law School, TCD) and Dr. Mary Rogan (DIT Law) in partnership with the Public Interest Law Alliance (PILA), the National Women’s Council (NWCI), the Gay & Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) and the Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI).

Speakers will include: Professor Cathryn Costello, University of Oxford;

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March4Choice 2012 - From the archives

Posted on August 06, 2015


Here's one from the archives, thanks to Mick Fitz for capturing this video of the March4Choice rally in Dublin, 2012.

As we approach another campaign and potential referendum to Repeal the 8th Amendment I still stand committed to safe and legal access to abortion rights and the right to choose. #IAmProChoice 


Filmed by Micks Metaphors 

Published on Oct 1, 2012

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Dear Supporters... Break for the Summer 2015

Posted on July 30, 2015


Dear Supporter,

As we approach the summer break, I 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 throughout sections of the website, on facebook (Ivana Bacik) and twitter (@ivanabacik).

The political highlight of the past year so far has been the great success of the Marriage Equality Referendum on 22nd May – a resounding 62% for the Yes vote – a wonderful result!

Many thanks again for your continued support,

Very best wishes, Ivana. 

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Posted on July 09, 2015


Report of Working Group on Seanad Reform 2015: Statements

Speaking during a debate on Seanad reform in the Seanad yesterday, I called called for the introduction of wide-ranging reforms of the Seanad, and made constructive proposals based upon the Report of the Working Group on Seanad Reform.

The proposals included the recommendation that the existing registers of voters on the University Seanad panels (ie the registers kept by the NUI and by Dublin University) should be accessible online by graduates, in the same way that the General Election registers is accessible online at

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