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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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Sen. Ivana Bacik calls for debate on victims of crime - Order of Business, Seanad Éireann

Posted on October 22, 2015

Safe Ireland

Sen. Ivana Bacik calls for debate on victims of crime - Order of Business, Seanad Éireann.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

'I ask the Leader to arrange a debate on victims of crime. Is there a projected date for the introduction in the House of the Criminal Justice (Victims of Crime) Bill? This morning the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality dealt with the pre-legislative scrutiny of the Bill. During the course of the debate powerful submissions were made by eight NGOs who work with victims of crime. They included the Victims' Rights Alliance, the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, the Rape Crisis Network Ireland, the Irish Penal Reform Trust, IPRT, and other groups. In the course of their submissions the NGOs reminded us that this Bill is important because for the first time it provides a statutory framework for the protection of victims' rights in the criminal justice system. It is also a Bill that will implement an EU directive that must be transposed in Ireland by 16 November. The legislation has reached the heads of a Bill stage. The committee is hastening through its pre-legislative scrutiny of the legislation. I wonder can we get it into the Seanad without any undue delay. During the submissions we also heard from Safe Ireland, which released its data on domestic violence this morning which contained some frightening figures. As Safe Ireland pointed out to us, the appalling tragedy where Garda Tony Golden was murdered highlights the serious issue of domestic violence and domestic abuse.'

http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2015102100002?opendocument#A00100

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March4Choice 2012 - From the archives

Posted on August 06, 2015

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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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SENATOR BACIK CALLS FOR INTRODUCTION OF ‘BIKE TO SCHOOL’ SCHEME

Posted on July 20, 2015

Dublin Pride 2015 - Labour on bikes

SENATOR BACIK CALLS FOR INTRODUCTION OF ‘BIKE TO SCHOOL’ SCHEME

Senator Ivana Bacik, Labour Leader, Seanad Spokesperson on Justice,
Monday 20th July, 2015

Speaking in the Seanad today, Senator Ivana Bacik called for the introduction of a new ‘Bike to School’ scheme. The idea for this scheme is that it would expand the very successful employee/employer Cycle to Work scheme, introduced in 2009, to enable employers to provide employees with tax-exempt bicycle/bicycle safety equipment for their school-age children.

Senator Bacik said:

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BACIK CALLS FOR LEGISLATION ON HATE CRIME

Posted on July 09, 2015

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BACIK CALLS FOR LEGISLATION ON HATE CRIME

Labour Seanad leader, Spokesperson on Justice
Thursday 9th July 2015

Senator Ivana Bacik will this evening be one of the speakers at a public meeting hosted by Labour Equality on 'Hate Crime: Old Prejudices, New Responses' to be held at 7pm in Wynns Hotel. 

In her speech tonight, Senator Bacik will call for the introduction of legislation on hate crime, and will say:

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You Tube video: Safe Ireland 'The lawlessness of the home' Report launch Ivana Bacik

Posted on April 27, 2015

Safe Ireland report launch. Image taken by Cyril Byrne Irish Times

Safe Ireland 'The lawlessness of the home' launch Ivana Bacik

30th March 2015

I had the great privilege of being asked to launch the Safe Ireland 'The lawlessness of the home' Report on behalf of the Minister for Justice & Equality. Here is a You Tube link to my opening address.

#DomesticViolence

 

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Sen. Ivana Bacik's Contribution - Children and Family Relationships Bill Committee Stage 2015

Posted on March 30, 2015

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Senator Ivana Bacik has the floor at the Seanad Eireann debate, Committee Stage of the long awaited Children and Family Relationships Bill 2015, March 26th 2015.

Here's a short You Tube clip from my own contributions.

"Most people in Ireland who share a common sense of humanity and sense of reality support this Bill and the sensible measures in it."

#Equality #ChildrensRights #Family #Diversity

 

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'Today with Sean O'Rourke' radio interview on Labour Women Commissioned Report

Posted on February 27, 2015

Labour women

'Creating a More Equal and Inclusive Society' - Labour Women Commission on Repeal of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution (Article 40.3.3).

Labour Party Conference 2015 in Killarney, Co. Kerry

This morning I spoke on RTÉ Radio show, 'Today with Sean O'Rourke' on the Labour Women Commissioned Report and motion that Labour Party members will be voting on tonight at the Party Conference. To listen back follow the link - http://www.rte.ie/radio/utils/radioplayer/rteradioweb.html#!rii=9%3A20735524%3A15036%3A27%2D02%2D2015%3A

The Irish Examiner covered the Report and below is a link to that front page article. 

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Order of Business – Seanad Éireann (25th – 26th February 2015) Digest

Posted on February 27, 2015

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Order of Business – Seanad Éireann (25th – 26th February 2015) Digest

Contributions from Senator Ivana Bacik. Follow the links to the Oireachtas website for more details.

http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2015022500002?opendocument#A00100

  • Irish Cricket Team
  • Central Statistics Office – good news
  • Deputy Joanna Tuffy on Govt’s record on job creation ( http://www.labour.ie/blog/2015/02/25/tuffy-highlights-labours-strong-track-record-in-ta/ )
  • Government creation of 80,000 jobs
  • 1% drop in borrowing for Ireland
  • Call for Seanad debate on Children & Family Relationships Bill 2014
  • Call for debate on Child Care Provision
  • Report due on new models for the ECCE Scheme
  • Working parents
  • Condemnation of ISIS action in northern Syria

http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2015022600002?opendocument#A00100

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Order of Business – Seanad Éireann (17th – 19th February 2015) Digest

Posted on February 23, 2015

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Order of Business – Seanad Éireann (17th – 19th February 2015) Digest

Order of Business Digest – Contributions from Senator Ivana Bacik. Follow the links to the Oireachtas website for more details.

 http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2015021700002?opendocument#A00100

  • Denmark shootings
  • Charlie Hebdo
  • Free speech
  • TCD meeting on free speech
  • Democracy
  • Cabinet approval of Children and Family Relationships Bill
  • Child-centred reform
  • Small schools policy, Dept. of Education
  • Labour Party Marriage Equality Referendum launch
  • Alcohol awareness
  • Underage drinking

 http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2015021800002?opendocument#A00100

  • Prison escape
  • Injured Prison Officers
  • Gender Recognition Bill
  • Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government announces €300 million housing investment programme
  • European Investment Bank
  • Housing Finance Agency

 http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2015021900002?opendocument#K00100

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