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Check out my end-of-term newsletter!

Posted on February 18, 2016

Publication cover - Ivana Bacik Spring/End of term 2016 Newsletter

Spring/End-of-term Newsletter, Seanad Éireann 2016 

Have you checked out the latest news and highlights from my campaigns and contributions in my newsletter! Thank you for all your support, invitations and feedback, Ivana. 

 

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Order of Business, Seanad Éireann - Raised Matters (January 28th, 2016)

Posted on January 28, 2016

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Order of Business, Seaand Éireann - Raised Matters

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Senator Ivana Bacik:   I am grateful to the Leader for clarifying that the Seanad will sit next Tuesday and Wednesday, no matter what happens elsewhere. I also welcome the fact that we will have statements on the Report of the Joint Committee of Inquiry into the Banking Crisis on Tuesday because that gives us the opportunity to read what is in the report. Having read preliminary reports of it and its key aspects, I commend all those who were on the committee for the immense work they put into producing the report. I commend to Senators an excellent article by our colleague, Senator O’Keeffe, in The Irish Times today describing the work of the committee and, in very fair terms, some of its pitfalls and positive aspects and the lessons it holds for the future. Many things are now clearer as a result of the report, in particular serious matters in terms of the behaviour of the Central Bank and the Financial Regulator, which, we are told, informed the Government in September 2008 that the six institutions covered by the guarantee were solvent. That is a critical finding. I look forward to the debate on Tuesday.
https://www.labour.ie/news/press/2016/01/28/banking-inquiry-report-demonstrates-fianna-fails-m/


  I welcome the publication yesterday of the first national maternity strategy, which many of those involved in maternity hospitals, the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, midwives and others have welcomed. This strategy will move in a very welcome fashion towards a non-hospital setting for childbirth and a stronger role for midwives in childbirth, where there are no complications. Women and midwives have campaigned for that for many years. 

  I also welcome the publication yesterday of the new skills strategy which will lead to 50,000 new apprenticeships being created over five years. That is critical to the continued strength of the economy and its growth. It will give new opportunities for many young adults in particular.

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No Fry Zone! Order of Business - 27th January 2016

Posted on January 27, 2016

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Order of Business, Seanad Éireann - Raised Matters

Senator Ivana Bacik: I commend Senator Noone who yesterday on the Commencement raised the issue of a no-fry zone. This is an issue that is getting a great deal of support, particularly from parents. It seeks new planning regulations to ensure that chip shops cannot be located within 500 m of a school. This is part of a drive for healthier living and healthier eating among children in order to tackle the very worrying levels of obesity. I commend the Senator on raising it and lend my support to the many parents' groups supporting the no-fry zone campaign.

Link to full transcript of the Order of Business, 27th January 2016

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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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