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Labour Party Press Statement: ONLY LABOUR WILL TACKLE THE GENDER PAY GAP - BURTON

Posted on February 19, 2016

Some of our Labour Women at the launch of the party's equality policy

ONLY LABOUR WILL TACKLE THE GENDER PAY GAP - BURTON


Tánaiste Joan Burton today outlined Labour’s plans to stand up for women in the workplace, at home and in the community.
Launching Labour’s plan for equality today, Joan Burton said, if re-elected to Government, Labour will tackle gender pay issues by ensuring large companies and public sector employers make public the details their own internal pay gaps in order to stimulate stronger action towards pay equality.
The provisions in the ‘Standing Up For Equality’ plan include:

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Labour Party policy launch and Repeal 8th Amendment Referendum commitment

Posted on February 18, 2016

Speaking at the Labour Party launch of our commitment to a Repeal the 8th Amendment referendum

Only Labour will deliver a referendum to repeal the 8th


The Labour Party today launched its plan to hold a referendum to repeal the 8th amendment.
Minister for Communications, Alex White, Minister for Equality, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin,  and Senator Ivana Bacik outlined how the party would deliver a referendum, and campaign strongly to repeal the 8th amendment, if returned to Government.
Speaking at the launch in Labour’s Campaign HQ this afternoon, Minister for Communications, Alex White, said: “It’s high time that this generation was given the right to choose – through a referendum – whether the 8th amendment should remain in our Constitution.
“No other major political party or grouping will deliver this referendum. Fianna Fáil doesn’t believe the people should be allowed to decide. Fine Gael can’t decide if the people should be allowed to decide. Sinn Féin claims to support a referendum, but will refuse to participate in government unless Gerry Adams is Taois each.
“So, there is only one choice for women and men who care passionately about this issue to recognise Labour as the one party offering an unequivocal – and realistic – pledge to deliver a referendum.”


Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin added: “My views and the views of the Labour Party have been very clear on this issue for some time. The constitution is no place to deal with such a complex and sensitive issue such as abortion.
“I believe there is a growing consensus on this matter and that we must ensure that we have a referendum to repeal the 8th amendment. 
“The Labour Party has always led on the issues of social change and if returned to government we will deliver a referendum on this issue and replace the archaic 8th amendment with robust and pragmatic legislation such as we propose.”

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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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'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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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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End of term - busy schedule and lots on the agenda!

Posted on December 04, 2015

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End of term - busy schedule and lots on the agenda!

This time of year is always busy as we wrap up before the Christmas holidays and there is much on the Seanad, Dáil and Committee agenda's. Here are a few issues I raised this week in the Order of Business, 1-3rd December 2015

  • The House recently concluded a debate on the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill, which was very welcome, but in the new year I would like us to have a debate on how best to implement the policy in the Bill and how best to ensure we meet our targets in light of whatever decisions are made in Paris. I know all colleagues will want to join in expressing hope for a positive and effective agreement among the international leaders represented in Paris. I welcome the speech by the US President, Barack Obama, at the Paris summit yesterday, where he pointed out that the Paris conference is a potential turning point for us in respect of curbing global warming. We are at a critical point to try to ensure we do not see it take hold, with the dire consequences we all know will occur. I concur with Senator Ó Murchú's comments on Ireland's role in this. Clearly, it will be difficult for us to seek to meet the 20% reduction by 2020, particularly because of our agricultural emissions, but we have a duty to ensure that we try to meet these targets.

  • I welcome the Northern Ireland High Court decision yesterday, by Judge Mark Horner, in a case taken by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. The judge found a breach of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights in respect of the failure to provide for abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality and rape. Clearly, there are implications for this jurisdiction, but the Leader has agreed already to a debate on that in the new year.

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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 

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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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'Lawyers for Yes' champions are awarded 'Women of the Year' award at the Irish Women Lawyer's Association Gala Dinner

Posted on October 24, 2015

Annual Irish Women Lawyer's Association Gala Dinner

Annual Irish Women Lawyer's Association Gala Dinner 

Saturday 24th October, 2015

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