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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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Irish Examiner article on Landmark Belfast Court Decision - Abortion, November 2015

Posted on December 01, 2015

Savita Halappanavar

Ivana Bacik: Repeal the Eighth Amendment and restore women’s bodily autonomy

http://www.irishexaminer.com/viewpoints/analysis/ivana-bacik-repeal-the-eighth-amendment-and-restore-womens-bodily-autonomy-368898.html

  
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Yesterday’s ruling in the North should lead to renewed calls, ahead of the election, for Ireland to repeal the Eighth Amendment, writes Ivana Bacik

 

Savita Halappanavar: Pregnancy was not terminated until too late to save her life.

 

We have important lessons to learn from yesterday’s landmark Belfast High Court decision.

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HEADS AND GENERAL SCHEME OF REPEAL THE EIGHTH AMENDMENT BILL 2015

Posted on November 30, 2015

Press conference: Labour Women Repeal 8th Amendment launch

HEADS AND GENERAL SCHEME OF  REPEAL THE EIGHTH AMENDMENT BILL 2015

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be introduced by the Labour Party into the Oireachtas if Article 40.3.3 (the Eighth Amendment) of the Constitution were repealed by way of Referendum.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. 

Follow link or go directly to 'General News' release see full Bill details. 

http://ivanabacik.com/news/2015/11/30/heads-and-general-scheme-of-repeal-the-eighth-amen/

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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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With Labour Party colleagues ahead of the Employment Equality Amendment Bill (Section 37.1) being introduced to the Dáil.

Posted on November 19, 2015

With Labour Party colleagues ahead of the Employment Equality Amendment Bill to the Dáil

With Labour Party colleagues ahead of the Employment Equality Amendment Bill (Section 37.1) being introduced to the Dáil.

L-R Ivana Bacik, Dominic Hannigan TD, Sen. Marie Moloney, Aodhan O'Riordhain TD, Sen. Mary Moran, Ciara Conway TD, and Derek Nolan, TD.

Very pleased to see that the Employment Equality (Amendment) (No.2) Bill I first introduced in 2013 to the Seanad was at last introduced to the Dáil for discussion this week. I look forward to it being passed quickly and efficiently.  #Equality #LGBT #INTO 

 

 

 

 

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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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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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(Youtube video) Marriage Bill 2015: Second Stage - Sen. Ivana Bacik's contribution.

Posted on October 20, 2015

Irish Times May 25th, on the podium at the Declaration, Dublin Castle

Marriage Bill 2015: Second Stage

 Tuesday, 20 October 2015

'It gives me enormous pleasure to welcome the Minister to the House as a Minister who has led so strongly on this issue and on the process that has led us to this stage. It gives me enormous pleasure to lead for the Labour Party on Second Stage of the Marriage Bill 2015, a Bill made possible, as we know, by the resounding "Yes" vote in the May referendum on marriage equality...' 

Follow link for full transcript or watch the Youtube video...  http://ivanabacik.com/legislation/2015/10/20/marriage-bill-2015/

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Climate Justice: Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill 2015

Posted on October 14, 2015

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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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