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
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.
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.
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
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.
'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.