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New Year - First Order of Business, Seanad Éireann 2016

Posted on January 14, 2016

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Order of Business, Seanad Éireann 

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Senator Ivana Bacik:   'I join others in wishing you, a Chathaoirligh, your staff and all present a happy new year. I also congratulate Mr. Peter Finnegan on his new appointment. I thank the Leader for facilitating a debate on flooding next week.

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SEANAD NEWS December 2015

Posted on December 17, 2015

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2016 from Leinster House

SEANAD NEWS December 2015 

As we approach the Christmas break,  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 in the various sections of the website, on facebook (ivana bacik) and twitter (@ivanabacik).

May I wish you the very best wishes for Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year,

Many thanks for your continued support,

Very best wishes, Ivana. 

 

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End of term - busy schedule and lots on the agenda!

Posted on December 04, 2015

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End of term - busy schedule and lots on the agenda!

This time of year is always busy as we wrap up before the Christmas holidays and there is much on the Seanad, Dáil and Committee agenda's. Here are a few issues I raised this week in the Order of Business, 1-3rd December 2015

  • The House recently concluded a debate on the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill, which was very welcome, but in the new year I would like us to have a debate on how best to implement the policy in the Bill and how best to ensure we meet our targets in light of whatever decisions are made in Paris. I know all colleagues will want to join in expressing hope for a positive and effective agreement among the international leaders represented in Paris. I welcome the speech by the US President, Barack Obama, at the Paris summit yesterday, where he pointed out that the Paris conference is a potential turning point for us in respect of curbing global warming. We are at a critical point to try to ensure we do not see it take hold, with the dire consequences we all know will occur. I concur with Senator Ó Murchú's comments on Ireland's role in this. Clearly, it will be difficult for us to seek to meet the 20% reduction by 2020, particularly because of our agricultural emissions, but we have a duty to ensure that we try to meet these targets.

  • I welcome the Northern Ireland High Court decision yesterday, by Judge Mark Horner, in a case taken by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. The judge found a breach of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights in respect of the failure to provide for abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality and rape. Clearly, there are implications for this jurisdiction, but the Leader has agreed already to a debate on that in the new year.

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Five weeks to go...

Posted on November 13, 2015

Oireachtas Bills

With just five weeks for the legislative programme up to Christmas I'm keen to see a number of urgent Bills passed and issues debated in both Houses #GettingDownToBusiness 

Senator Ivana Bacik, Order of Business, Thursday 12th November 2015.

'Yesterday, the justice committee had a two and a half hour meeting with the Garda Commissioner, Ms Nóirín O'Sullivan, in the course of which she answered a huge number of questions on an array of issues around policing. They covered a wide range of pressing matters, including gangland crime, drugs policy, firearms and so forth. There is a great deal of material from that meeting which we could explore further in a debate in this House on policing. In addition, when will the policing authority Bill finally be passed? It is an urgent Bill.

  With regard to legislation, when is the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill due back before the House? It passed Second Stage in the Seanad and there are only five weeks for the legislative programme up to Christmas. I am hopeful, as are other colleagues, that the Bill could be passed by this House by Christmas at the latest, so it can progress through the Dáil in advance of the general election. It is a very important and reforming Bill which, among other things, reforms the law on prostitution. It is important that it is passed. In addition, the Equality (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill, which was initiated in the Seanad and seeks to amend section 37 to prevent discrimination against gay and lesbian people in the teaching profession, is another Bill that I hope will be passed by the Dáil by Christmas. It has been passed by this House...

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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 

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Climate Justice: Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill 2015

Posted on October 14, 2015

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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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'Even It Up' - Oxfam Ireland

Posted on September 24, 2015

'Even It Up' Campaign, Oxfam

 

I was delighted to hop onto the Oxfam 'Even It Up' bus today and show my support! 

https://www.facebook.com/oxfamireland

 

 

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Order of Business – Seanad Éireann (17th – 19th February 2015) Digest

Posted on February 23, 2015

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Order of Business – Seanad Éireann (17th – 19th February 2015) Digest

Order of Business Digest – Contributions from Senator Ivana Bacik. Follow the links to the Oireachtas website for more details.

 http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2015021700002?opendocument#A00100

  • Denmark shootings
  • Charlie Hebdo
  • Free speech
  • TCD meeting on free speech
  • Democracy
  • Cabinet approval of Children and Family Relationships Bill
  • Child-centred reform
  • Small schools policy, Dept. of Education
  • Labour Party Marriage Equality Referendum launch
  • Alcohol awareness
  • Underage drinking

 http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2015021800002?opendocument#A00100

  • Prison escape
  • Injured Prison Officers
  • Gender Recognition Bill
  • Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government announces €300 million housing investment programme
  • European Investment Bank
  • Housing Finance Agency

 http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2015021900002?opendocument#K00100

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Order of Business – Seanad Eireann 20th – 27th January 2015 Digest

Posted on January 27, 2015

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Order of Business – Seanad Eireann 20th – 27th January 2015

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

http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2015012000014?opendocument

  • Happy New Year
  • Charlie Hebdo tragedy
  • Democracy
  • Freedom of speech
  • Blasphemy
  • Defamation Act
  • Extensive legislative programming
  • 41 Bills on the A list
  • Climate Action
  • Low Carbon Development Bill
  • Gender Recognition Bill
  • Employment Equality (Amendment) No. 2 Bill (Section 37.1)
  • LGBT rights
  • Marriage Equality Refeferndum
  • Opinion Polls
  • Complacency
  • Child and Family Relationships Bill

http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2015012100006?opendocument

  • 70th Anniversary - Auschwitz Liberation
  • Second World War
  • Aer Lingus
  • Potential job losses 3,500
  • Syriza victory
  • EU
  • Recession
  • Debate on EU policy / financial and monetary policy

 

http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2015012800009?opendocument

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Environmental Protection Agency: Motion (Private Members Business)

Posted on July 09, 2014

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Environmental Protection Agency: Motion (Private Members Business) 9th July 2014

The motion “commends the Minister for the particular efforts he has made at all times to mainstream green-environmental policies and legislation and, in particular, to advance the climate change Bill”. We have also commended the policy in the programme for Government for environmental protection, as well as the Minister and the Department for their commitment to the use of recycling, resource-efficiencies and so on.

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