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Marriage Equality Referendum: No Room for Complacency!

Posted on May 11, 2015

Out on the Marriage Equality Referendum canvass

Equality is good for everybody! 

With just 11 days to go we must all do our best to secure the Yes Votes! 

Good article from my Labour Party colleague and former Tanaiste and Party Leader, Eamon Gilmore in today's Irish Times and on Sunday at the Arbour Hill Commemorative Gathering Joan Burton spoke passionately about  the importance of winning this referendum and achieving more equality! Let's #MakeItHappen 

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/gilmore-warns-against-referendum-complacency-1.2207963

 

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Referendum Commission 2015 - independent guides to casting your vote

Posted on April 27, 2015

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On Friday 22nd May 2015 (7am-10pm) citizens of the Republic of Ireland will be asked to play their part in shaping our democracy by casting their votes on two important questions. Here are the links to the independent guides published by the Referendum Commission 2015. You can watch or listen to the video (with sign language) or download the pdf files in both English and Irish. 

http://refcom2015.ie/

http://refcom2015.ie/english_guide.pdf

http://refcom2015.ie/irish_guide.pdf

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You Tube video: Safe Ireland 'The lawlessness of the home' Report launch Ivana Bacik

Posted on April 27, 2015

Safe Ireland report launch. Image taken by Cyril Byrne Irish Times

Safe Ireland 'The lawlessness of the home' launch Ivana Bacik

30th March 2015

I had the great privilege of being asked to launch the Safe Ireland 'The lawlessness of the home' Report on behalf of the Minister for Justice & Equality. Here is a You Tube link to my opening address.

#DomesticViolence

 

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Marriage Equality Referendum 2015 - on the campaign trail!

Posted on April 23, 2015

Labour launch their Vote Yes for Marriage Equality posters

Marriage Equality Referendum 2015 - on the campaign trail!

Just 4 weeks left till Referendum Voting day on May 22nd and it's all hands on deck to secure a yes vote.  Myself and my Labour Party colleagues are out canvassing on the campaign trail and are encouraged by the positive responses so far. But we can't afford to be complacement when it comes to encouraging people to get out and vote and vote yes for this important equality measure! Here are a few of the events I have been a part of or attended recently in support of the Yes Equality campaign to date and more to come! 

  • 19th February I spoke with Senator David Norris at a debate on marriage equality at King's Inns against representatives of the Iona Institute - we won by a big majority!
  • 27th February I had an Op-Ed article published in the Irish Times headlined 'No rational basis to deny gay couples right to marry' - accessible at http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/ivana-bacik-no-rational-basis-to-deny-gay-couples-right-to-marry-1.2119130
  • 4th March I spoke on marriage equality at a meeting of the UCD Philosophical Society.
  • 30th March spoke in the Seanad in support of the Marriage Equality Bill which I'm delighted to say was passed with huge support. Here's a you tube link to my contribution https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAqLCNR2htc
  • 22nd April attended the fabulous Yes Equality Tour Bus launch. The bus will touring around each of the 26 counties from now until May 21st - see the Yes Equality for the bus timetable. 
  • 22nd April Marriage Equality debate on Spirit Radio and talked about the legal effects of the Marriage Equality Referendum, quoting Dr.Conor O’Mahony, UCC Law to debunk some of the scaremongering of the 'No' side. Check out the http://constitutionproject.ie/ on more of Conor's legal insights.
  • 23rd April attended the hugely successful launch of Lawyers for Yes Equality. 
  • 23rd April (8pm) Marriage Equality debate at the Eblana Lodge, Dun Laoghaire alongside fellow Yes advocate Pat Carey, former Fianna Fail Minister. The 'No' side speakers are billed as Anthony Kenny, Kenny Advertsers and Pat Bulfin an independent Christian Preacher.
  • And as the Labour Party and other posters go up around the country I am very much looking forward to the Labour Party Marriage Equality Campaign Launch this Sunday 26th April. www.labour.ie 

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Order of Business: Yes Equality Campaign Bus Tour Launch gets a mention

Posted on April 22, 2015

Yes Equality Campaign Bus Tour Launch

http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2015042200002?opendocument#A00100

Order of Business

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

I was delighted to attend just now the launch of the Yes Equality bus which will be making a nationwide tour over the coming four weeks. It will be calling for a Yes vote in the marriage equality referendum on 22 May. We have debated this issue already in this House, of course, but I ask colleagues to keep an eye out for the bus when it visits their local area and to tweet if they see it.

#YesEquality #BusTour 

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YouTube Video: Marriage Equality Bill 2015 - Second Stage Contribution

Posted on March 30, 2015

Labour Party launch Marriage Equality Referendum,February, Liberty Hall

Watch this short video of my Seanad contribution as I join my colleagues in support of the Marriage Equality Bill 2015 in the Second Stage debates.

A hugely proud time for all of us, for my Party, for my colleagues and for all of us who are tirelessly working to achieve equality for LGBT couples and their families.

#History #YesEquality #May22 #Referendum

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAqLCNR2htc&feature=youtu.be

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Sen. Ivana Bacik's Contribution - Children and Family Relationships Bill Committee Stage 2015

Posted on March 30, 2015

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Senator Ivana Bacik has the floor at the Seanad Eireann debate, Committee Stage of the long awaited Children and Family Relationships Bill 2015, March 26th 2015.

Here's a short You Tube clip from my own contributions.

"Most people in Ireland who share a common sense of humanity and sense of reality support this Bill and the sensible measures in it."

#Equality #ChildrensRights #Family #Diversity

 

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'Creating a More Equal and Inclusive Society - Parental Leave & Marriage Equality' - Labour Party Conference 2015 in Killarney, Co. Kerry

Posted on February 27, 2015

Pledge to Vote

'Creating a More Equal and Inclusive Society - Parental Leave and Marriage Equality'

Labour Party Conference 2015 in Killarney, Co. Kerry

Tune in on Saturday (28th February) morning from 11am-1pm when I will be on stage and in conversation with my colleagues Minister Aodhán Ó'Riordáin, Deputy John Lyons and Marie Moynihan while we discuss Parental Leave and Marriage Equality. 

#LP15 #Opportunity2016 #MarRef #Equality 

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Order of Business – Seanad Éireann (25th – 26th February 2015) Digest

Posted on February 27, 2015

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Order of Business – Seanad Éireann (25th – 26th February 2015) Digest

Contributions from Senator Ivana Bacik. Follow the links to the Oireachtas website for more details.

http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2015022500002?opendocument#A00100

  • Irish Cricket Team
  • Central Statistics Office – good news
  • Deputy Joanna Tuffy on Govt’s record on job creation ( http://www.labour.ie/blog/2015/02/25/tuffy-highlights-labours-strong-track-record-in-ta/ )
  • Government creation of 80,000 jobs
  • 1% drop in borrowing for Ireland
  • Call for Seanad debate on Children & Family Relationships Bill 2014
  • Call for debate on Child Care Provision
  • Report due on new models for the ECCE Scheme
  • Working parents
  • Condemnation of ISIS action in northern Syria

http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2015022600002?opendocument#A00100

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Order of Business – Seanad Éireann (17th – 19th February 2015) Digest

Posted on February 23, 2015

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Order of Business – Seanad Éireann (17th – 19th February 2015) Digest

Order of Business Digest – Contributions from Senator Ivana Bacik. Follow the links to the Oireachtas website for more details.

 http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2015021700002?opendocument#A00100

  • Denmark shootings
  • Charlie Hebdo
  • Free speech
  • TCD meeting on free speech
  • Democracy
  • Cabinet approval of Children and Family Relationships Bill
  • Child-centred reform
  • Small schools policy, Dept. of Education
  • Labour Party Marriage Equality Referendum launch
  • Alcohol awareness
  • Underage drinking

 http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2015021800002?opendocument#A00100

  • Prison escape
  • Injured Prison Officers
  • Gender Recognition Bill
  • Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government announces €300 million housing investment programme
  • European Investment Bank
  • Housing Finance Agency

 http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2015021900002?opendocument#K00100

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