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Press Coverage - The Journal.ie 'Calls for Ireland to legislate against online hate crime'

Posted on September 02, 2014

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'Calls for Ireland to legislate against online hate crime - A new report from the University of Limerick finds Ireland to be out of step with international legislation on hate crime.' Michael Sheils McNamee, thejournal.ie 

http://www.thejournal.ie/hate-crime-online-racism-ireland-new-report-1650047-Sep2014/

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Press coverage on Hate Crime Report Launch - Irish Times

Posted on September 02, 2014

Launch of Hate Crime Report

'Longer sentences for hate crimes proposed in report - New laws urgently needed to protect vulnerable communities, Limerick academics conclude,' Mary Minihan - Irish Times, Tuesday 2nd Sept.

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/longer-sentences-for-hate-crimes-proposed-in-report-1.1914742

 

 

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Hate Crime Report Launch

Posted on September 02, 2014

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BACIK LAUNCHES REPORT BY UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK ACADEMICS ON HATE CRIME AND SEEKS LEGISLATIVE CHANGE

Labour Seanad leader, spokesperson on Justice
Tuesday 2nd September 2014, Buswells Hotel, Dublin

Speaking at the launch of the report, Senator Bacik said:

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Posted in: EducationEqualityHuman RightsJusticeLGBT RightsNewsSocial Policy

Racism in Ireland Motion: 4th June 2014

Posted on June 10, 2014

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Seanad Debate - Racism in Ireland Motion: 4th June 2014

 Go raibh maith agat, a Chathaoirligh. I welcome the Minister of State, Deputy Lynch, to the House. She is always welcome and is a regular attendee here.

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Posted in: EqualityEurope/InternationalHuman RightsJusticeLGBT RightsSeanadSocial PolicyWomen's Rights

Press Statement: Oireachtas Members Commend Inclusive Approach to St Pat's For All Support Video

Posted on March 06, 2014

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Speaking today, Deputies Jerry Buttimer (FG) and John Halligan (Independent), along with Senator Ivana Bacik (Labour Party), have commended Senator Averil Power (FF) for organising a cross-party video message in support of the inclusive ‘St. Pat’s for All’ parade in New York City to mark St. Patrick’s Day.

The three Oireachtas members said today:

“We were all delighted to participate in this video, which was a collaborative project. Each of us was given the opportunity to change the lines provisionally given to us in the draft script and some of us did indeed do so. It was made clear to us at every stage that the intention was to agree on a wording that everyone was happy with.

“We regret that no representative from Sinn Féin took part, but we know that every effort was made by Senator Power to ensure that they would participate. We understand that the Sinn Féin representative did not wish to read out a particular message, but then refused an offer to read out a different line instead and made it clear that the party’s concern was in fact with the overall message of the script.

“We believe that the video message recorded by representatives of the four largest political groupings in the Oireachtas sends out a very important message in support of an inclusive parade, which celebrates among other Irish-American groups, members of the LGBT community, a group whose contribution to Irish-American society broadly deserves to be celebrated openly and proudly, along with the many other diverse groups that make up the modern global Irish community. We commend Senator Averil Power for taking this initiative to organise a cross-party message of support for the St. Pat’s for All parade organisers, and we wish them every success with their parade, and a Happy St. Patrick’s Day.”


The cross-party 'St Pats For All' video is online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDqxq1YgOhg



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Senator Bacik calls for debate on Ukraine, on gender balanced Oireachtas, and diversity in the workplace

Posted on March 05, 2014

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Order of Business

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Posted in: EqualityEurope/InternationalLGBT RightsNews

Statement: Senator Bacik Supports 'St Pat's For All' Parade in New York

Posted on March 03, 2014

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Labour Seanad leader, spokesperson on Justice
Monday 3rd March 2014

Senator Ivana Bacik has taken part in a video to support the ‘St. Pat’s for All’ parade in New York, along with Senator Averil Power and Deputies Jerry Buttimer and John Halligan.

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Free Speech, Homophobia and the role of the State Broadcaster: Motion

Posted on February 18, 2014

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Senator Ivana Bacik: I am honoured to second the motion and follow Senator Zappone's powerful speech proposing it. I welcome the Minister, Deputy Rabbitte, to the House. I am delighted that he is present to respond to our contributions. I also welcome members of the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network, GLEN, Marriage Equality and others in the Visitors Gallery. In particular, I acknowledge Ms Gilligan, Senator Zappone's wife.

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Bacik Welcomes Burton's Decision to Stay Away from New York St Patrick's Day Parade

Posted on February 12, 2014

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Speaking yesterday in the Seanad, Senator Ivana Bacik welcomed the announcement by Deputy Labour Party leader and minister, Joan Burton TD, that she will refuse an invitation to the controversial St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City, due to the continued exclusion of openly LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) people from the event.

Minister Burton joins the Mayor of New York, Bill De Blasio, who will also be staying away from the Parade due to its discriminatory policies.

“I fully support Minister Joan Burton in her welcome decision not to participate in an event that sends a message of exclusion and intolerance towards a whole community. The discriminatory stance of the parade organisers is out of keeping with a modern and progressive Irish identity that seeks to embrace diversity. I would urge other Irish ministers and political leaders to follow the principled stand taken by Minister Burton and Mayor De Blasio.

“Unlike the many other community groups allowed to participate, LGBT Irish-Americans are specifically barred from displaying anything that would identify them as being from the LGBT community. I do not believe that this principle should be applied to a group of people whose contribution to Irish-American society broadly deserves to be celebrated openly and proudly, along with the many other diverse groups that make up the modern global Irish community.”

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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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Order of Business

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