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Call for debate on collective bargaining - Order of Business, 17/12/14

Posted on December 17, 2014

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Yesterday in the Order of Business Seanad Éireann (17/12/14)
I called for a debate on collective bargaining. 


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Repeal the Eighth Amendment Commission - Order of business 9th December

Posted on December 09, 2014

first meeting of the Labour Women Commission on Repeal of the Eighth Amendment 10 dec 14

This week in the Order of Business I welcomed the announcement of the Labour Women's newly formed Repeal the Eighth Amendment Commission.

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Labour Women establish Commission on Repeal of the 8th Amendment

Posted on December 05, 2014

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LABOUR WOMEN ESTABLISH COMMISSION ON REPEAL OF THE EIGHTH AMENDMENT

Labour Women, the women’s section of the Labour Party, has established a Labour Women Commission on Repeal of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution (Article 40.3.3).

This Commission is tasked with examining the best legal and political strategies to accomplish:

1. Repeal of Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution in its entirety;

2. The introduction of detailed legislation providing for the circumstances in which abortion may legally take place.

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Order of Business - Seanad Eireann 2nd - 4th December 2014

Posted on December 05, 2014

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Order of Business - Seanad Eireann 2-4th December 2014

This week in the Order of Business – Contributions from Senator Ivana Bacik. Follow the links for more details.

http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2014120200004?opendocument

  • Homeless

  • Jonathan Corrie tragedy

  • Education & Skills

  • Junior Cycle reform

  • Strike action

  • Sexual Offences Bill

http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2014120300003?opendocument

  • Banking crisis motions

  • Yeats 2015

  • Jonathan Corrie

  • Dublin local authorities & NGO sector to meet Deputy Kelly on homelessness crisis

  • Closure of homeless accommodation units

  • Hooded men case

  • European Court of Human Rights

  • Women in Academia

  • Micheline Sheehy Skeffington

  • Junior cycle reform

  • Tom Collins, Irish Times

 

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Order of Business - Seanad Eireann (18-20 November 2014)

Posted on November 21, 2014

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This week in the Order of Business – Contributions from Senator Ivana Bacik. Follow the links for more details.

http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2014111800005?opendocument

  • An Cosan

  • Jobstown protests

  • Secondary School Teachers Union

  • Gender Equality in Third level education

  • Dr. Micheline Sheehy-Skeffington

http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2014111900003?opendocument#B00100

  • Irish Water

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Remembering the women who have died at the hands of a partner or ex-partner

Posted on November 20, 2014

Sen. Marie Moloney, Ciara Conway T.D, myself and Sen. Mary Moran - violence against women vigil

Today in Seanad Éireann, Leinster House we observed a minute silence and after gathered outside to remember the women who have been murdered in Ireland at the hands of a partner or an ex partner in Ireland.

For more information, perhaps you need support or would like to help Women's Aid with the important work the work that they do please check out their website.

http://www.womensaid.ie/newsevents/news/2014/11/20/remembering-stolen-lives-outside-dail-eireann-wome/  

#78 #WomensAid #violenceagainstwomen

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'Ireland should adopt a ban on purchase of sex', Irish Times Opinion piece - Ivana Bacik

Posted on November 07, 2014

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'Ireland should adopt a ban on purchase of sex'

Ivana Bacik, Irish Times, Friday 7th November, 2014

Opinion: ‘Irish prostitution is highly organised and highly profitable. It is also highly exploitative’

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/ireland-should-adopt-a-ban-on-purchase-of-sex-1.1991233

 

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Order of Business - Seanad Eireann (4-6th November 2014)

Posted on November 06, 2014

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This week in the Order of Business - contributions from Senator Ivana Bacik, follow the links for more details.

http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2014110400004?opendocument

  • Irish Water/Water Services Bill
  • Web Summit 2014
  • President Higgins visit to Ethiopia
  • Trade links with Africa
  • EMC (economic management council)
  • Jean-Claude Trichet's letter
  • Private Member's Bill motion - Penal Reform
  • Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality Report
  • Ruhama Report - sex workers

http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2014110600003?opendocument

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WiSER Talk: “As bad as it gets…as good as it could be? Leave Provision for Fathers in Ireland and Sweden” - EU House, Dublin

Posted on October 21, 2014

With Prof Linda Haas and Prof Eileen Drew WiSER

WiSER Talk: “As bad as it gets…as good as it could be? Leave Provision for Fathers in Ireland and Sweden”

On Tuesday, 21st October I was invited to Chair the WiSER TCD debate in EU House. This timely public lecture explored Ireland's current leave provision, particularly for fathers, against the backdrop of Sweden's provision of paid paternity/paren​tal leave and the subsequent take-up of leave by fathers in Sweden.  The speakers were two members of the International Network on Leave Policies and Research: Professor Eileen Drew, Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) and Professor Linda Haas, Indiana University (USA).

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Budget 2015 - Statement

Posted on October 14, 2014

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Budget 2015: Statements

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

I thank the Leader for extending time, so that anyone who wishes to speak will be able to do so. I also thank the Minister of State, Deputy Harris and welcome him to the House. I have listened carefully to the speeches here and in the other House. Any fair-minded observer - there are many fair-minded observers on the Opposition benches - would acknowledge that there are very positive aspects to this budget and that overall, it is a positive development. It is modest in scope and I do not think anyone is being triumphalist or is crowing in any way, as that would not be appropriate.

We are looking at a budget that has been brought to us in the context of positive figures on economic growth and unemployment, which has been falling for 27 months in a row now. These are objective measures of positive developments in our economy. Also objectively, as others have acknowledged, the changes to the tax system announced today are progressive. They are aimed squarely at improving the economic position of low- to middle-income earners. The reduction in the top rate of tax is more than offset by the increase in the USC rate for higher earners. We are seeing an additional 80,000 low-paid workers come out of the USC on top of the 330,000 brought out of it in the first budget of this Government. We need to be fair when assessing the tax changes here. Their impact will undoubtedly benefit those who are in low- to middle-income brackets, and not the higher income earners. That is a very important point.

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