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Posted on July 09, 2015


Report of Working Group on Seanad Reform 2015: Statements

Speaking during a debate on Seanad reform in the Seanad yesterday, I called called for the introduction of wide-ranging reforms of the Seanad, and made constructive proposals based upon the Report of the Working Group on Seanad Reform.

The proposals included the recommendation that the existing registers of voters on the University Seanad panels (ie the registers kept by the NUI and by Dublin University) should be accessible online by graduates, in the same way that the General Election registers is accessible online at

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Order of Business: Employment Equality (Amendment) (No.2) Bill - Committee Stage

Posted on July 02, 2015


Thursday, 2 July 2015

Order of Business

I thank the Leader for scheduling the resumed Committee Stage of the Employment Equality (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill for this afternoon. I advise colleagues that this Bill started life as a Private Members' Bill introduced by Senator Moran and myself on behalf of the Labour Party in March 2013. On Second Stage, 11 Members spoke and, as such, there is significant interest in the legislation, which is intended to amend section 37 of the Employment Equality Act to ensure that discrimination against teachers, in particular, on the basis of sexuality or family status will no longer be possible. It is a very important Bill and there is great interest in it from civil society, the unions and LGBT rights groups. It was delayed and we had Committee Stage over two dates in March 2014, at which time there was again a great deal of interest from colleagues. In light of that, we are scheduling the resumption of Committee Stage, which will hopefully conclude this evening, as the Government has now approved a set of amendments for Report Stage. We hope Report Stage will take place next week. Those Senators who tabled amendments on Committee Stage, Senators Zappone and Power, have been briefed by the Minister of State, Deputy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, and a further briefing has been arranged for next Tuesday, 7 July, at 3 p.m. for all Senators with an interest in the Bill so that people can have a full briefing on what the Report Stage amendments will entail. The meeting will take place in meeting room C in LH 2000. I have circulated a notice on that at the request of the Minister of State. It is a very important Bill and it is a good day for the Seanad to see it progress as a Government Bill, having started life as a Private Members'

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Order of Business: Justice For Clerys Workers - Workers Rights

Posted on July 02, 2015

Justice for Clerys Workers - Workers Rights

Seanad Eireann - Order of Business 

Wednesday, 1st July 2015

Yesterday in the Order of Business I used the opportunity to raise the issues and call again for a much needed debate with regards to the Clery's workers. 

      "We might also have a general debate in due course on industrial relations with regard to business closures and having respect for workers. The Minister of State, Deputy Nash, was in the House yesterday dealing with the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Bill. I, along with many colleagues, met some of the former Clery's employees outside Leinster House yesterday. Those employees were treated with immense disrespect by the new owners of Clery's. Along with many colleagues, I signed a petition in support of the former employees who are seeking a meeting with Natrium, the new company with ownership of Clery's, and asking that it treat them with greater respect. We must ensure there is greater respect for both the employees and the concession holders, who were also so badly treated in the very sudden closure of Clery's, which was carried out without notice. I believe we can achieve cross-party consensus on the need to reform industrial relations in that area."

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Irish Times coverage - Sen. Bacik won't be running in Dún Laoghaire General Election 2016

Posted on June 10, 2015

Out on the Marriage Equality Referendum canvass

Ivana Bacik will not contest general election in Dún Laoghaire

“I’m going to stay in my own area, Dublin Bay South. I won’t contest in Dún Laoghaire. We’ll see what happens anywhere else,” she said.

“My family circumstances have changed. I’ve two kids. We are very settled in our area.”

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Irish Times podcast review of May 22nd Elections

Posted on May 25, 2015

Dublin Bay South tally team

Irish Times podcast review of May 22nd Elections

Part of the excitement for all interested in politics and elections is the Count, the tally and county-by-county breakdown, here is a great podcast review and breakdown of the Referendum results from The Irish Times with Hugh Linehan. 

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Posted on April 24, 2015



Senator Ivana Bacik, Labour Leader, Seanad Spokesperson on Justice

Thursday 24th April, 2015

Today I'm speaking at the AGM and Annual Lunch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in Dublin today, Senator where I will call for the introduction without further delay of the long-promised Mediation Bill.

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National Integration Strategy Motion - Polska Éire

Posted on April 24, 2015

Polska Éire festival organisers visit for motion on integration and new communities

National Integration Strategy: Motion

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Acting Chairman (Senator Terry Leyden):   I welcome the Minister of State, Deputy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.

Senator Ivana Bacik:   I move: That Seanad Éireann:- welcomes the establishment by the Government of the new office of Minister of State for new communities, culture and equality;

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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

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 

Posted in: ChildrenConstitutionCulture & ArtsEqualityHuman RightsJusticeLGBT RightsNewsSeanadSocial PolicyWomen's Rights

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

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

Posted on March 30, 2015


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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