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LABOUR SENATORS WELCOME TODAY’S DEBATE ON GAZA

Posted on July 31, 2014

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Senator Ivana Bacik, speaking as leader of the Labour group of Senators, today welcomed the special sitting of the Seanad to debate the situations in Gaza and Ukraine.

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Press Release: Senator Bacik Calls for Stronger Action to Stop Killing of Civilians in Gaza

Posted on July 25, 2014

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BACIK CALLS FOR STRONGER ACTION TO STOP KILLINGS OF CIVILIANS IN GAZA

Labour Seanad leader, spokesperson on Justice, Friday 25th July 2014

Senator Ivana Bacik today called for stronger action to be taken by the Irish and other EU governments to bring about a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas; and in particular to stop the Israeli bombardment of Palestinian civilians in Gaza. Senator Bacik said:

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Conflict in Gaza - Order of Business, Seanad Eireann

Posted on July 24, 2014

Gaza Protest with Labour Youth

Today I wrote to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Deputy Charles Flanagan to address the horrifying situation in Gaza. Last week in the Order of Business I took the opportunity to ask the Leader to invite Deputy Flanagan, to come to the House as soon as we return in September for a debate on the situation in the Middle East.

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Employment Permits (Amendment) Bill 2014: Committee Stage

Posted on July 16, 2014

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Employment Permits (Amendment) Bill 2014:

Committee Stage

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

 I welcome the Minister to the House. I also welcome Gráinne O'Toole, Mohammed Younis and their colleagues from the Migrant Rights Centre, who are in the Visitors' Gallery as my guests to watch the debate. I echo the words of Senator Cullinane in commending the Migrant Rights Centre on its work on this legislation, which aims to ensure an ending of exploitative work practices.

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Posted in: EconomyEqualityHuman RightsJusticeSocial Policy

Order of Business - Seanad Eireann (Tuesday, 15 July 2014)

Posted on July 15, 2014

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Order of Business (Tuesday, 15 July 2014)

I join Senator Darragh O'Brien in congratulating the new Ministers of State, although I understand they have not yet been formally appointed, and offering my commiseration to those who have lost office.

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Posted in: ChildrenEqualityEurope/InternationalHuman RightsJusticeNewsSocial PolicyWomen's Rights

Civil Registration (Amendment) Bill 2014: Second Stage - Seanad Eireann

Posted on July 15, 2014

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Civil Registration (Amendment) Bill 2014: Second Stage (Tuesday, 15 July 2014)

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Posted in: ChildrenEqualityHuman RightsJusticeSeanadSocial PolicyWomen's Rights

Order of Business - Seanad Eireann, Wednesday 9th July

Posted on July 10, 2014

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Order of Business - Wednesday 9th July

Senator Ivana Bacik: I echo Senator Darragh O'Brien's comments of concern and disappointment at the cancellation of the five concerts. It is not fair or appropriate to blame one official.

Senator Darragh O'Brien: He is the boss.

Senator Ivana Bacik: Permission was granted for three concerts.

Senator Darragh O'Brien: Yes.

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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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Senator Bacik Pays Tribute to Reforming Minister For Education

Posted on July 02, 2014

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BACIK PAYS TRIBUTE TO REFORMING MINISTER FOR EDUCATION

As Labour group leader in the Seanad, Senator Ivana Bacik today paid tribute to the great reforming work and tremendous legacy of Minister Ruairi Quinn, who announced today he would be stepping down as Minister for Education.

Senator Bacik said:

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Education (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2014: Second Stage (July 1st 2014)

Posted on July 01, 2014

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Education (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2014: Second Stage

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Posted in: EducationNewsSocial Policy

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