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Irish Times Letter - Gender Quotas in Politics

Posted on March 11, 2015

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Irish Times Letter, March 11th, 2015

Gender Quotas in Politics

Sir, – I was amused to read Derek J Byrne’s poorly informed polemic against gender quotas in politics (March 9th). I would urge Mr Byrne to read the 2009 report of the Joint Oireachtas Justice Committee on women’s participation in politics, in which we put forward the evidence-based arguments for adopting positive action measures to increase the numbers of women TDs.

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Posted in: EqualityEurope/InternationalHuman RightsJusticeNewsSeanadSocial PolicyWomen's Rights

'Today with Sean O'Rourke' radio interview on Labour Women Commissioned Report

Posted on February 27, 2015

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'Creating a More Equal and Inclusive Society' - Labour Women Commission on Repeal of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution (Article 40.3.3).

Labour Party Conference 2015 in Killarney, Co. Kerry

This morning I spoke on RTÉ Radio show, 'Today with Sean O'Rourke' on the Labour Women Commissioned Report and motion that Labour Party members will be voting on tonight at the Party Conference. To listen back follow the link - http://www.rte.ie/radio/utils/radioplayer/rteradioweb.html#!rii=9%3A20735524%3A15036%3A27%2D02%2D2015%3A

The Irish Examiner covered the Report and below is a link to that front page article. 

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'Creating a More Equal and Inclusive Society - Parental Leave & Marriage Equality' - Labour Party Conference 2015 in Killarney, Co. Kerry

Posted on February 27, 2015

Pledge to Vote

'Creating a More Equal and Inclusive Society - Parental Leave and Marriage Equality'

Labour Party Conference 2015 in Killarney, Co. Kerry

Tune in on Saturday (28th February) morning from 11am-1pm when I will be on stage and in conversation with my colleagues Minister Aodhán Ó'Riordáin, Deputy John Lyons and Marie Moynihan while we discuss Parental Leave and Marriage Equality. 

#LP15 #Opportunity2016 #MarRef #Equality 

Posted in: ChildrenConstitutionEconomyEducationEqualityHuman RightsJusticeLGBT RightsNewsSocial PolicyWomen's Rights

Order of Business – Seanad Éireann (25th – 26th February 2015) Digest

Posted on February 27, 2015

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Order of Business – Seanad Éireann (25th – 26th February 2015) 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/seanad2015022500002?opendocument#A00100

  • Irish Cricket Team
  • Central Statistics Office – good news
  • Deputy Joanna Tuffy on Govt’s record on job creation ( http://www.labour.ie/blog/2015/02/25/tuffy-highlights-labours-strong-track-record-in-ta/ )
  • Government creation of 80,000 jobs
  • 1% drop in borrowing for Ireland
  • Call for Seanad debate on Children & Family Relationships Bill 2014
  • Call for debate on Child Care Provision
  • Report due on new models for the ECCE Scheme
  • Working parents
  • Condemnation of ISIS action in northern Syria

http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2015022600002?opendocument#A00100

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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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Section 37.1 update - Employment Equality (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2013

Posted on February 19, 2015

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Today in the Order of Business I reminded the Minister of the urgency to amend the Employment Equality Act and asked that we get an update on how soon we can see the changes that currently discriminate against LGBT identifying teachers and health workers.

I was pleased in 2013 to publish the Employment Equality (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2013 and watch it progress through the various committee stages. 

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Gender Recognition Bill 2014: Report and Final Stages

Posted on February 19, 2015

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http://ivanabacik.com/legislation/2015/01/21/gender-recognition-bill-2014/

I welcomed the passage of the Gender Recognition Bill 2014 through the Seanad this week - progressive change at last. 

Glad to see the Government amendment providing for 2 year review and strict time frame.

#Transgender #GenderRecognition 

 

 

 

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Labour Youth launch Marriage Equality campaign!

Posted on February 17, 2015

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Labour Youth launch Marriage Equality campaign!

Congratulations to Labour Youth on launching their Marriage Equality Referendum campaign. Great to see the youth movement being mobilised on key equality issues - here's to securing a Yes Vote!  #Referendum #LabourYouth #LabourLGBT 

http://www.labour.ie/blog/2015/02/17/say-yes-to-marriage-equality/

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Order of Business 10th-11th February 2015

Posted on February 16, 2015

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http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2015021000011?opendocument

Order of Business

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Senator Ivana Bacik:   The Order of Business today is No. 1, motion re the Report of the Committee on Procedure and Privileges on the adoption of new Standing Order 103N and the amendment of Standing Order 90, to be taken on the conclusion of the Order of Business, without debate; and No. 2, Gender Recognition Bill 2014 - Committee Stage (Resumed), to be taken on conclusion of No. 1.

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Fatal Foetal Abnormalities - urgent need to legislate!

Posted on February 16, 2015

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Fatal Foetal Abnormalities - urgent need to legislate!

Following the defeat of Clare Daly's Fatal Foetal Abnormalities Bill which was largely deemed unconstitutional by those who voted against it, I wrote to Jerry Buttimer, TD Chair of the Oireachtas Health Committee asking that they hold hearings to begin the process of examining the possibility of legislating for abortion in cases of fatal fetal abnormalities.

Here is some of the coverage around my call for further action.

Irish Times on Thursday 12th February coverage of my letter to the Oireachtas Health Committee. http://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/senator-asks-health-committee-to-resume-abortion-hearings-1.2100440

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