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Speech on Eighth Amendment Committee Report

Posted on January 18, 2018

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Speech by Ivana Bacik on Eighth Amendment Committee Report

17 January 2018

Seanad Group Leader, Spokesperson on Communications, Climate Action and the Environment

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Vótáil 100: 100 years of votes for women and women in the Oireachtas

Posted on January 10, 2018

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As chairperson of the Vótáil100 committee which is organising the celebrations around the 2018 centenary of women's suffrage in Ireland, I am delighted that we will have so many exciting events and exhibitions taking place in Leinster House. The first year that Irish women had the right to vote and run in parliamentary elections was 1918. Over the course of 2018, the Houses of the Oireachtas will commemorate this important centenary with a programme of cultural, historical and educational events marking the work of the suffrage movement in Ireland going back to the early 19th century.

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Posted in: EqualityJusticeNewsSeanadWomen's Rights

Students’ unions should stand firm on abortion

Posted on September 25, 2017

Raising 'Repeal the 8th', gender quotas and 1916 women on the NWCI Soapbox

Almost 30 years ago, I was threatened with prison by SPUC (Society for the Protection of Unborn Children). It was September 1989. I was president of Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU), and SPUC were seeking to imprison our four TCDSU sabbatical officers for providing information on abortion in our students’ union handbooks during Freshers’ Week.

A few years previously, the 1983 Eighth Amendment had been passed, equating the lives of “mother” and “unborn”.

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Posted in: ConstitutionEducationEqualityHealthHuman RightsJusticeNewsWomen's Rights

Introduction of Pensions Equality Bill

Posted on December 06, 2016

With Senator Ged Nash launching two equality Bills

This Bill seeks to address the small number of cases where retired employees who were legally not permitted to marry persons of the same sex before a particular date may be deprived of certain pension benefits.

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Posted in: Human RightsJusticeLGBT RightsNewsSocial Policy

All-Party Motion in the Seanad on Ibrahim Halawa

Posted on July 07, 2016

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That Seanad Éireann:

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Posted in: Human RightsJusticeNews

Proceeds of Crime (Amendment) Bill - Second Stage Speech

Posted on July 05, 2016

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I welcome the Minister back to the House. I also welcome the opportunity to debate this important issue. All of us and others outside the House have spoken of the wider context in which the Bill is being proposed. All of us have seen horrific murders in recent weeks and months. Many have mentioned the shooting today in Lusk and there was another shooting last week very close to where I live in a busy shopping street in the south inner city. All of us have been shocked by the brutality of these murders and shootings and by the recent violence, although we acknowledge they represent only a small number of individuals who are connected to an international and national drugs trade and to criminal organisations. That is the context within which the Bill is being introduced and, clearly, a key aim of the Bill is to act to seek to tackle those involved in criminal organisations at low and middle level. I recognise that tackling organised crime at all levels is a priority for the Government and all of us acknowledge that. There is no doubt that the escalation of crime, particularly in inner city Dublin in recent months, requires a proactive approach.

I and my party colleagues in the Labour Party would emphasise, and I am sure most would agree, that tackling this level of this type of organised crime requires tackling the core issues of disadvantage, of drug use and of tackling these in a way where we do not only have a criminal justice approach. I share Senator Ruane's concern about criminalising addiction and my colleague, Senator Ó Ríordáin expressed that view recently in a debate on the misuse of drugs legislation. We would clearly support a model that would examine much broader issues and that would redirect attention and investment towards disadvantaged communities suffering from a lack of opportunity. We drafted our amendment along the lines of the amendment, to which Senator Mac Lochlainn referred, concerning the ring-fencing of any proceeds or money confiscated towards disadvantaged communities.

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Calling for urgent action on UN Human Rights Committee Ruling on Abortion

Posted on June 15, 2016

Launch of the Labour Women Repeal the 8th Amendment

Speaking this morning in the Seanad, Senator Ivana Bacik called for an urgent response from the Taoiseach and the Government to the ruling last week by the UN Human Rights Committee that Ireland had breached the rights of the applicant Amanda Mellet due to the prohibition in Irish law of termination of pregnancy under the Eighth Amendment, even in cases of fatal foetal abnormality.

Commending Amanda Mellet and the Termination for Medical Reasons group for their courage in taking their application to the UN and in raising the issue of fatal foetal abnormality, Senator Bacik said:

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Youtube: Listen to my contribution to the Trinity 'Meet the Candidates' event

Posted on April 11, 2016

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Trinity College Dublin organised an event last week 'Meet the Candidates', where all 16 #TCDSeanadElection candidates were given 4 minutes each to speak to the audience. It was also live streamed on Periscoope TV for anyone who couldn't make it. 

I took the opportunity to run through my Trinity life, my legal career and my Seanad record. Here are my 4 minutes - #VoteIvanaBacik No.1 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PF3DxLIxTpQ&nohtml5=False

Posted in: ChildrenConstitutionCulture & ArtsEconomyEducationEqualityEurope/InternationalHealthHuman RightsJusticeLGBT RightsNewsResearchSeanadSocial PolicyThe EnvironmentWomen's Rights

Meet the Candidates / Ask the candidates - TCD Seanad Election 2016

Posted on March 30, 2016

Litir um thoghchán - Seanad Election 2016

Meet the candidates / Ask the candidates! 

Check out this very informative and potentially interactive webpage designed by Trinity College Dublin for the Seanad Elections 2016. Here is the link to my page! 

http://www.tcd.ie/seanad2016/candidates/ask/

 

Posted in: ChildrenConstitutionCulture & ArtsEconomyEducationEqualityEurope/InternationalHealthHuman RightsJusticeLGBT RightsNewsResearchSeanadSocial PolicyThe EnvironmentWomen's Rights

My best advice for everyone!

Posted on March 30, 2016

My best advice for anyone!

Trinity Students' Union asked me for some advice - here's how I'd encourage everyone! 

Posted in: ChildrenConstitutionCulture & ArtsEconomyEducationEqualityEurope/InternationalHealthHuman RightsJusticeLGBT RightsNewsResearchSeanadSocial PolicyThe EnvironmentWomen's Rights

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