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Senator Bacik speaking on the need for more prison places, and on the Crisis Pregnancy Agency.

Posted on July 02, 2009

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Senator Ivana Bacik: It was never appropriate to criminalise mental illness by placing psychiatric patients in an institution on a campus that was really a prison campus which included the enormous prison which was proposed for Thornton Hall.

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Senator Bacik reiterates the need for a debate on Prison Policy

Posted on June 25, 2009

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Senator Ivana Bacik: I support other colleagues, Senators Healy Eames, Hannigan and Ormonde, who called for a debate on prison policy, which I called for yesterday. It is especially urgent that we debate it given the announcement yesterday by the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform that plans for the prison at Thornton Hall will go ahead and that the new prison will be up and running in five years. Given the level of uncertainty about the proposed development at Thornton Hall, the announcement must be taken with a large pinch of salt.

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Senator Bacik speaking on the Pamela Izevbekhai Case and the effect of Budget Cuts on People with Disabilities

Posted on November 19, 2008

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Senator Ivana Bacik: I am rather uncomfortable about the apparent obsession with women's reproductive capacity that is displayed by some Members of this House. I note that Senators on the other side have expressed their support for Senator Mullen's legislation. While I do not imagine I will support it, I look forward to seeing Members on the Government side crossing the floor — one needs to put one's money where one's mouth is — to support the Bill when Senator Mullen introduces it.

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Senator Bacik speaking on the Cervical Cancer Vaccination Programme

Posted on November 13, 2008

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Civil Partnership & Women's Representation

Posted on February 13, 2008

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Senator Ivana Bacik: I second Senator Norris's motion to amend the Order of Business to withdraw the civil partnership Bill, for the reasons he has mentioned. The Government has treated him extremely shabbily in respect of this Bill. I note the Deputy Leader's comments about the time-frame for the introduction of Government legislation on civil partnership. It is the first time that it has been put on record that the heads of the Bill would be introduced in March followed by the Bill in September. That is welcome but time is slipping by. At this point same sex couples should seek and get full equality with opposite sex couples, nothing more and nothing less in terms of legal recognition. That is a core principle of equality.

I wish to renew a call I made last term for a debate on women's representation in the Oireachtas. Senator Norris mentioned Barack Obama's successful run in the US presidential election campaign. On behalf of women Members, I note that Hilary Clinton has also been doing extremely well and should not be written off yet as a Democrat candidate. Senator Clinton or Senator Obama would make a worthy and important replacement for the criminal policies of George Bush.

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