I was pleased to be invited to speak as part of the series of lectures organised by The People's College, Dublin on Collective Bargaining. Here is a You Tube link as I spoke with students and guests on the right to collective bargaining and on the shape of pending Government legislation.
Senator Ivana Bacik: I know the Leader will address the issue of the insolvency Bill. I do not think there will be any difficulty about sitting longer to have that debate. I said previously that the Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality report on the insolvency Bill, following two days of hearings, would be a useful topic for debate.
Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions) Bill 2012: Second Stage Wednesday, 13 June 2012
Senator Ivana Bacik: I welcome the Minister of State, Deputy Kathleen Lynch, and the opportunity to debate this long overdue legislation which has been broadly welcomed. I am also pleased it has been introduced in the Seanad first.
Senator Ivana Bacik: I welcome the Minister to the House and am glad of the opportunity to renew this debate. We had a full debate on this issue six months ago. I commend Senators Zappone, Mac Conghail and van Turnhout, as well as the other Independent Senators, for bringing the debate to the floor of the House again. They have kept everyone on their toes as regards timing and have also kept this issue at the forefront of our minds.
SENATOR BACIK WELCOMES FINAL STAGE OF FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION BILL
Senator Ivana Bacik, Labour Senator for Dublin University, Wed 28th March 2012
Senator Ivana Bacik today welcomed the final stage of the Criminal Justice (Female Genital Mutilation) Bill2011 through the Seanad. It has been passed through both Dail and Seanad and returns to the Seanad today to pass the amendments made in the Dail.
Speaking during the debate today,Senator Bacik will say:
Senator Ivana Bacik: I thank Senator O'Brien for his very constructive comments on a number of issues. I agree with him that it is people's duty to pay the household charge. I disagree with him on the numbers paying. Over the coming days before the deadline of 31 March we will see an exponential rise in those paying. People always leave any payment until they absolutely have to pay it.