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Senator Bacik pays tribute to Deputy Nicky McFadden, and former Senator Edward Haughey

Posted on March 26, 2014

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Senator Ivana Bacik: I join you, a Chathaoirligh, and Senator MacSharry in paying tribute to the late Deputy Nicky McFadden and expressing, on behalf of the Labour Party group, our deep regret and sympathy to her family on her untimely death. Like many other colleagues, I served with the former Senator, Nicky McFadden, in the last Seanad and she was an extremely collegiate individual, a very warm person and an effective Senator. We will have time to pay tribute to her properly in the House and I look forward to that.

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Senator Bacik Pays Tribute to Christine Buckley

Posted on March 11, 2014

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Speaking today, Senator Ivana Bacik expressed her sympathy for the family of the late Christine Buckley, whose death has just been announced, and paid tribute to the tireless campaigning work that Christine did in exposing the terrible abuses suffered by children institutionalised in residential care, in Goldenbridge in particular.

Senator Bacik said:

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Fines (Payment and Recovery) Bill 2013: Second Stage

Posted on February 26, 2014

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Senator Ivana Bacik: I welcome the Minister of State, Deputy Tom Hayes, to the House. As other speakers have done, I very much welcome the Bill, which fits well in a welcome general trend in criminal justice policy to try to reduce reliance on imprisonment and ensure people are not committed to prison for convictions for minor offences and cases where a fine has been imposed but not paid. Others have already mentioned the large numbers of people still being committed to prison, and there were 8,304 committals to prison for fine default in 2012, including 1,687 female committals. There is real concern because the Irish Penal Reform Trust has indicated that the large number of women committed to prison in 2012 for fine default represented a five-fold increase on the 2008 figure, when 339 women were imprisoned for fine default. As we know, there is serious overcrowding in the Dóchas Centre and we do not have an open prison for women; all convicted women are sent to the closed prisons of the Dóchas centre or the Limerick prison. It is a matter of grave concern that so many women are being committed to prison for non-payment of fines.

Others have pointed out how this builds on the Fines Act 2010, which was introduced by the previous Government. The real concern is that the 2010 legislation, which had the same admirable and welcome objective, never took effect, with significant numbers of people still being committed to prison every year for fine default. The reason for the non-implementation of the Fines Act is that the court ICT systems have not received the necessary upgrade to process payment of fines by instalment. The legislation is very welcome and the new Bill repeals Part 3 of the 2010 Act but replicates and improves it.

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Senator Bacik Asks Leader to Arrange Debate on Right to Housing

Posted on February 26, 2014

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Senator Bacik speaking on the GSOC controversy, and welcoming the Constitutional Convention result on ESC Rights

Posted on February 25, 2014

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Senator Ivana Bacik: Last week, as Deputy Leader, I dealt with a number of issues around the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission, the response of the Government to the GSOC controversy and, on Thursday, the dossier that was provided by Sergeant Maurice McCabe. I said at that point that we should have a debate on policing generally and I would like to renew the call for such a debate. I know they have not yet been confirmed but I would like to welcome the reports today from Cabinet that a barrister-----

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Senator Bacik speaking on GSOC, the Courage of Sharon McCarthy, and Expansion of Franchise for University Seanad Seats

Posted on February 12, 2014

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Senator Bacik asks for Debate on GSOC and Commends Minister Burton's Decision Not to Attend the St Patrick's Day Parade in New York

Posted on February 11, 2014

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Senator Bacik asks for Debate on Community Courts

Posted on February 05, 2014

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Address to Seanad Éireann by Mr. David Begg - Lockout 1913

Posted on September 25, 2013

Jim Larkin

Address to Seanad Éireann by Mr. David Begg

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

I welcome David Begg to the House, it is a pleasure to have the General Secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions here. It is important to mark the 1913 Lock-out centenary in this way and that we speak also about its relevance to modern Ireland. I had to propose to a previous meeting of the Committee on Procedure and Privileges that Mr. Begg would address us, and it is great that he is here to do so. As the Leader has said, we have gone one better than the Lower House in our approach to marking the centenary.

I am personally delighted because I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Begg on the TASC democracy commission, which I view as a precursor to the constitutional convention in the sense that we looked at issues around participation in democracy and encouraging greater participation by young people in particular. We did important work on that issue.
Mr. Begg has given a wonderful, clear and comprehensive overview of the complex history and the context of the Lock-out. There is no doubt it was a tragedy and a defeat. As Mr Begg mentioned, it was effectively an unconditional surrender and a betrayal of the working classes who had united in solidarity behind the charismatic and strongly revered Jim Larkin. Of course, he was equally loathed by those on the other side and, in many ways, he became a divisive figure. The Lock-out has achieved an iconic status and it was undoubtedly a pivotal moment in Irish history. One strand of historical work focuses on the personality of Larkin and the relationship he had with other leaders, such as Connolly and O'Brien. That highlights the splits and divide in the trade union movement which Mr. Begg described as a kind of civil war, which is one of enduring effects after 1913. That is only one interpretation of 1913 and it is often the interpretation of those who take an anti-trade union perspective. However, there is another important take on the Lock-out that has left a more lasting legacy to which Mr. Begg alluded. The widespread and common perception of 1913 is that it was a brutal put-down by a ruthless employer, William Martin Murphy, and his allies, of workers and their families who were living in appalling conditions and in starvation. Those conditions are so far removed, happily, from current circumstances that it is often hard to see the relevance. There is a renewed interest in the social context of the Lock-out. One only has to look at the revived interest in Strumpet City and recent cultural events, including the reopening of the house on Henrietta Street, the television programmes about tenement life and people's living conditions, and recent dramas in the fringe festival and in Dublin City Hall for culture night to see that.

All of these events have focused on people's living conditions at the time and the impact of the employers' tactics on women and children, in particular.

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RTE Radio 1 - Legacy 1913-2013 what is the legacy of the Lockout today and how has it shaped Irish society?

Posted on September 14, 2013

Jim Larkin

In case you missed it, you can listen back to this radio programme, the final episode of a documentary series narrating the events that led to the landmark labour versus capital conflict in Dublin in 1913. I was delighted to participate as the 1913 Lockout is commemorated.

http://www.rte.ie/radio1/citizens-lockout-1913-to-2013/

Episode 6 - Legacy 1913-2013

Tonight: Legacy 1913-2013 what is the legacy of the Lockout today and how has it shaped Irish society?

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