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Celebrating the passage of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill 2015 through Committee Stage

Posted on November 05, 2015

With Friends of the Earth supporters after the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill 2015 debate

With Senators Cait Keane, Sean Barrett, Denis Landy and visitors from Friends of the Earth outside Leinster House celebrating the passage of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill 2015 through Committee Stage. #ClimateAction 

Posted in: NewsSeanadSocial PolicyThe Environment

Sen. Ivana Bacik calls for debate on victims of crime - Order of Business, Seanad Éireann

Posted on October 22, 2015

Safe Ireland

Sen. Ivana Bacik calls for debate on victims of crime - Order of Business, Seanad Éireann.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

'I ask the Leader to arrange a debate on victims of crime. Is there a projected date for the introduction in the House of the Criminal Justice (Victims of Crime) Bill? This morning the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality dealt with the pre-legislative scrutiny of the Bill. During the course of the debate powerful submissions were made by eight NGOs who work with victims of crime. They included the Victims' Rights Alliance, the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, the Rape Crisis Network Ireland, the Irish Penal Reform Trust, IPRT, and other groups. In the course of their submissions the NGOs reminded us that this Bill is important because for the first time it provides a statutory framework for the protection of victims' rights in the criminal justice system. It is also a Bill that will implement an EU directive that must be transposed in Ireland by 16 November. The legislation has reached the heads of a Bill stage. The committee is hastening through its pre-legislative scrutiny of the legislation. I wonder can we get it into the Seanad without any undue delay. During the submissions we also heard from Safe Ireland, which released its data on domestic violence this morning which contained some frightening figures. As Safe Ireland pointed out to us, the appalling tragedy where Garda Tony Golden was murdered highlights the serious issue of domestic violence and domestic abuse.'

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Posted in: ChildrenEducationEqualityHealthHuman RightsJusticeLGBT RightsNewsSeanadSocial PolicyWomen's Rights

(Youtube video) Marriage Bill 2015: Second Stage - Sen. Ivana Bacik's contribution.

Posted on October 20, 2015

Irish Times May 25th, on the podium at the Declaration, Dublin Castle

Marriage Bill 2015: Second Stage

 Tuesday, 20 October 2015

'It gives me enormous pleasure to welcome the Minister to the House as a Minister who has led so strongly on this issue and on the process that has led us to this stage. It gives me enormous pleasure to lead for the Labour Party on Second Stage of the Marriage Bill 2015, a Bill made possible, as we know, by the resounding "Yes" vote in the May referendum on marriage equality...' 

Follow link for full transcript or watch the Youtube video...

Posted in: ChildrenConstitutionEqualityHuman RightsJusticeLGBT RightsNewsSeanadSocial Policy

Climate Justice: Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill 2015

Posted on October 14, 2015


Climate Justice: Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill 2015

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

I was delighted to see the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill 2015 back in the Seanad for discussion this week, it's been a long time coming!

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Posted in: Europe/InternationalHuman RightsJusticeNewsSeanadSocial PolicyThe Environment

Freshers' Week 2015/2016

Posted on September 24, 2015

Trinity Labour and Labour Youth at Trinity Freshers' Week!

Freshers' Week 2015/2016, Trinity College Dublin

2015/2016 Academic year at Trinity College Dublin has begun! I popped over to Front Square to revel in the annual buzz and excitement of Freshers' Week. I met Caroline Winston and Shane Folan at the Trinity Labour / Labour Youth stall, here's to a great year ahead! - Join today! 

Posted in: ChildrenEducationNewsSeanad

Women in Politics - From the archives #YouTube

Posted on August 06, 2015


Women in Politics Public Lecture, Trinity College Dublin - 4th June 2013

Speakers: Prof Gail McElroy, Ms Rachel Nolan, Prof Ivana Bacik, Prof Catherine Lawless.

Posted in: EducationEqualityHuman RightsJusticeNewsSeanadSocial PolicyWomen's Rights

Seanad Register - Update your contact details

Posted on August 05, 2015

Update your Contact Details

Have you moved house or are you moving house in the near future?

To ensure you can use your Graduate Vote in the Seanad Elections please make sure the Academic Registry have your up-to-date details. 

I have noticed when I send out my seasonal Newsletter that there are a lot of returns from 'Unknown Occupant' addresses. 

Check the register today and ensure that as a Trinity College Dublin graduate you are registered to vote and kept in the loop on Alumni news.

Posted in: EducationNewsSeanad

Dear Supporters... Break for the Summer 2015

Posted on July 30, 2015


Dear Supporter,

As we approach the summer break, I 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 throughout sections of the website, on facebook (Ivana Bacik) and twitter (@ivanabacik).

The political highlight of the past year so far has been the great success of the Marriage Equality Referendum on 22nd May – a resounding 62% for the Yes vote – a wonderful result!

Many thanks again for your continued support,

Very best wishes, Ivana. 

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Posted in: ConstitutionEducationEqualityEurope/InternationalHuman RightsJusticeLGBT RightsNewsSeanadSocial Policy


Posted on July 20, 2015

Dublin Pride 2015 - Labour on bikes


Senator Ivana Bacik, Labour Leader, Seanad Spokesperson on Justice,
Monday 20th July, 2015

Speaking in the Seanad today, Senator Ivana Bacik called for the introduction of a new ‘Bike to School’ scheme. The idea for this scheme is that it would expand the very successful employee/employer Cycle to Work scheme, introduced in 2009, to enable employers to provide employees with tax-exempt bicycle/bicycle safety equipment for their school-age children.

Senator Bacik said:

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Posted in: ChildrenHealthNewsSeanadSocial Policy

Youtube: Section 37 amendment debate and call for a "revolution" of our education system

Posted on July 13, 2015


Employment Equality (Amendment) (No.2) Bill 2013: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage, Thursday 9th July 2015

"A revolution is required... we need to break the hold, the stranglehold that the Churches, plural but in particular the Catholic Church have on our primary education system and indeed our secondary education system too." 

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Posted in: ChildrenConstitutionEducationEqualityHuman RightsJusticeLGBT RightsNewsSeanadSocial Policy

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