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Irish Times, Wednesday, November 25th - Ivana Bacik: Repeal the Eighth Amendment for the sake of our daughters

Posted on November 26, 2015

Press conference: Labour Women Repeal 8th Amendment launch

Ivana Bacik: Repeal the Eighth Amendment for the sake of our daughters

Ivana Bacik, Sinead AhernLast Updated: Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 01:15

'We need to repeal the Eighth Amendment. This amendment, passed in 1983, has cast a blight over an entire generation – our generation, too young to have voted 32 years ago, but whose daughters are now growing up under its chill. Its effect has been utterly negative and in some cases, devastating. It has not prevented one crisis pregnancy. But it has compounded the crisis of pregnancy, particularly for those women for whom the journey to seek abortion abroad is particularly difficult: young women, women in poverty, asylum seekers.

It has symbolically portrayed women as vessels, equating our lives to those of the unborn. And, above all, it has endangered women’s lives by having a chilling effect on the practice of obstetrics in Ireland, making doctors afraid to intervene to save a pregnant woman’s life until she is close to death.

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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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Speaking at the 'Women In Leadership' event at Alexandra College - fine panel of past pupils.

Posted on November 12, 2015

Fine panel of Alex past pupils

'Women In Leadership' event at Alexandra College

It was an honour to be invited back to my alma mater, Alexandra College and to be on such a fine panel of past pupils with Miriam O’Callaghan – RTE broadcaster; Niamh Briggs – Captain of the Irish female rugby team; Hon. Ms. Justice Isobel Kennedy. – High Court Judge; Moya Doherty – Entrepreneur and the producer and co-founder of Riverdance. 

Miriam O’Callaghan – 03:04m

Niamh Briggs – 12:57m

Isobel Kennedy – 15:32m

Moya Doherty – 37:51

Ivana Bacik – 51:52

Q&A – 1:01:40

Barbara Ennis – 1:16:04

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Speaking in Stormont at the 'Young Female Leaders Academy'

Posted on October 22, 2015

Speaking in Stormont at the Young Female Leaders Academy.

Speaking in Stormont at the 'Young Female Leaders Academy'

Thursday 22nd October 2015

 I had the honour and great pleasure of speaking at the 'Young Female Leaders Academy' in Stormont. Organised by Politics Plus I joined Members of the Northern Irish Assembley and other highly engaging speakers in addressing the inspiring, young, female academy attendees. Great day and wonderful to meet so many enthusiastic potential leaders and decision makers.

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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.'

http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2015102100002?opendocument#A00100

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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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'IMMIGRATION, ASYLUM AND LEGAL CHANGE IN IRELAND' - CICL Seminar *Booked Out

Posted on September 17, 2015

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IMMIGRATION, ASYLUM AND LEGAL CHANGE IN IRELAND

11am – 1pm Friday 18th September 2015, Dublin Institute of Technology 

Aungier Street campus, Management House (first floor, beside the library) (part of the CICL ‘Changing Ireland, Changing Law’ research project)

This is the third in a series of seminars being organised by myself Prof. Ivana Bacik (Law School, TCD) and Dr. Mary Rogan (DIT Law) in partnership with the Public Interest Law Alliance (PILA), the National Women’s Council (NWCI), the Gay & Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) and the Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI).

Speakers will include: Professor Cathryn Costello, University of Oxford;

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Women in Politics - From the archives #YouTube

Posted on August 06, 2015

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

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

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March4Choice 2012 - From the archives

Posted on August 06, 2015

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Here's one from the archives, thanks to Mick Fitz for capturing this video of the March4Choice rally in Dublin, 2012.

As we approach another campaign and potential referendum to Repeal the 8th Amendment I still stand committed to safe and legal access to abortion rights and the right to choose. #IAmProChoice 

 

Filmed by Micks Metaphors 

Published on Oct 1, 2012

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BACIK CALLS FOR LEGISLATION ON HATE CRIME

Posted on July 09, 2015

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BACIK CALLS FOR LEGISLATION ON HATE CRIME

Labour Seanad leader, Spokesperson on Justice
Thursday 9th July 2015

Senator Ivana Bacik will this evening be one of the speakers at a public meeting hosted by Labour Equality on 'Hate Crime: Old Prejudices, New Responses' to be held at 7pm in Wynns Hotel. 

In her speech tonight, Senator Bacik will call for the introduction of legislation on hate crime, and will say:

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