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Order of Business, Seanad Éireann - Raised Matters (January 28th, 2016)

Posted on January 28, 2016

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Order of Business, Seaand Éireann - Raised Matters

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Senator Ivana Bacik:   I am grateful to the Leader for clarifying that the Seanad will sit next Tuesday and Wednesday, no matter what happens elsewhere. I also welcome the fact that we will have statements on the Report of the Joint Committee of Inquiry into the Banking Crisis on Tuesday because that gives us the opportunity to read what is in the report. Having read preliminary reports of it and its key aspects, I commend all those who were on the committee for the immense work they put into producing the report. I commend to Senators an excellent article by our colleague, Senator O’Keeffe, in The Irish Times today describing the work of the committee and, in very fair terms, some of its pitfalls and positive aspects and the lessons it holds for the future. Many things are now clearer as a result of the report, in particular serious matters in terms of the behaviour of the Central Bank and the Financial Regulator, which, we are told, informed the Government in September 2008 that the six institutions covered by the guarantee were solvent. That is a critical finding. I look forward to the debate on Tuesday.
https://www.labour.ie/news/press/2016/01/28/banking-inquiry-report-demonstrates-fianna-fails-m/


  I welcome the publication yesterday of the first national maternity strategy, which many of those involved in maternity hospitals, the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, midwives and others have welcomed. This strategy will move in a very welcome fashion towards a non-hospital setting for childbirth and a stronger role for midwives in childbirth, where there are no complications. Women and midwives have campaigned for that for many years. 

  I also welcome the publication yesterday of the new skills strategy which will lead to 50,000 new apprenticeships being created over five years. That is critical to the continued strength of the economy and its growth. It will give new opportunities for many young adults in particular.

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No Fry Zone! Order of Business - 27th January 2016

Posted on January 27, 2016

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Order of Business, Seanad Éireann - Raised Matters

Senator Ivana Bacik: I commend Senator Noone who yesterday on the Commencement raised the issue of a no-fry zone. This is an issue that is getting a great deal of support, particularly from parents. It seeks new planning regulations to ensure that chip shops cannot be located within 500 m of a school. This is part of a drive for healthier living and healthier eating among children in order to tackle the very worrying levels of obesity. I commend the Senator on raising it and lend my support to the many parents' groups supporting the no-fry zone campaign.

Link to full transcript of the Order of Business, 27th January 2016

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Order of Business, Seanad Éireann - Competition (Amendment) Bill 2016

Posted on January 20, 2016

Competition (Amendment) Bill 2016

Order of Business, Seanad Éireann - Competition Bill 2016 

Tonight in the House I look forward to introducing a very important Private Members' Bill in Labour Party Private Members' time which I will be proposing and Senator Aideen Hayden will be seconding, namely, the Competition (Amendment) Bill 2016 which seeks to expand the rights of collective bargaining for workers. It is a Bill that has been sought by trade unions for some years. I have been working on it for some years and I know the introduction of the Bill is being welcomed by SIPTU, the NUJ and Irish Equity, among others. Colleagues will be aware that the operation of the Competition Act 2002, in particular, restricts the capacity of unions to negotiate on behalf of freelance members, such as freelance actors or journalists, in setting pay rates. The Bill seeks to exempt certain groups of workers from the prohibition in competition law against price fixing. We are trying to take the middle ground to ensure there is no detriment to the consumer because the Competition Act is concerned with consumer protection. I am happy to provide a briefing on the Bill to any Members who wish to have one in advance of its introduction at 5 p.m. Members of the unions affected will be present in the Gallery tonight to see the Bill debated on Second Stage. It is an important plank of the Labour Party policy and it should receive a general welcome from across the House as well as from the Minister.

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PROPOSED COMPETITION (AMENDMENT) BILL 2016 - TEXT OF BILL

Posted on January 20, 2016

Competition (Amendment) Bill 2016

COMPETITION (AMENDMENT) BILL 2016 (Text)

Wednesday 20th January, 2016

In the Seanad today, Senator Ivana Bacik proposed the Competition (Amendment) Bill 2016 on behalf of the Labour Party Senators, as a private members’ bill. Senator Aideen Hayden of Labour seconded the Bill. On behalf of the Government, Minister Richard Bruton did not oppose the bill, which passed Second Stage in the Seanad.

COMPETITION (AMENDMENT) BILL 2016 - TEXT OF BILL

An Act to delimit the application of the Competition Act 2002 to Trade Unions and
Trade Union Members and to certain agreements negotiated with public bodies, and to provide for related matters.

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'This House Believes Theism is a Reasonable Philosophical Stance' - Metafizz presents Hitchens, Masterson, Nugent, Bacik in

Posted on January 18, 2016

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Debate: 'This House Believes Theism is a Reasonable Philosophical Stance' - hosted by The METAFIZZ: a Philosophers' Society.  

On Monday 18th January, 2016 I was invited to speak at this Trinity debate organised by The Metafizz: a Philospher's Society. 

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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 Electoral Register Deadline Feb 26th 2016 - University of Dublin, Trinity College Dublin Graduates

Posted on January 07, 2016

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Seanad Éireann Election 2016 - Making sure you are registered to vote! 

Despite the speculations and predictions we don't have an official date for the General or Seanad Election 2016. However, we do know that the Seanad electoral register deadline is Friday 26th February 2016. So if you are a Trinity College Dublin graduate and you plan to vote then make sure they have your correct and up-to-date details using the form linked below. 

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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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Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Bill 2013 passes final stages in the Seanad

Posted on December 15, 2015

With Minister of State Kathleen Lynch and Senator Mary Moran in Leinster House

Great to see the Assisted Decision Making Bill pass final stage in the Seanad. Here is a contribution I made at Second Stage.

http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2015111000002?opendocument#O00100

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Seanad Update: Justice and Equality week!

Posted on December 11, 2015

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Seanad Update: Human Rights - Justice and Equality week!

7-11th December, 

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