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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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Direct Provision: Welcome the proposals being debated through the stages of the International Protection Bill 2015

Posted on December 10, 2015

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Direct Provision: Welcome the proposals being debated through the stages of the International Protection Bill 2015

Like many of my colleagues in both Houses I have called for a number of debates and spoken passionately on a number of occasions on Direct Provision and the desperate need for reform. I welcomed this week's debate and while it isn't wholly conclusive I do see this Bill as a significant improvement. Let us be honest about it. We know that we have limited time left in the lifetime of the Government. Let us try to get the Bill through, improve it as it goes through, engage constructively on it with the Government to seek to bring about the other recommendations of the working group as they relate to direct provision and work towards the future overarching immigration law reform we so badly need. This is the first step which is welcome and long overdue.

The link below will link you to the many contributions I have made and raised on Direct Provision. 

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End of term - busy schedule and lots on the agenda!

Posted on December 04, 2015

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End of term - busy schedule and lots on the agenda!

This time of year is always busy as we wrap up before the Christmas holidays and there is much on the Seanad, Dáil and Committee agenda's. Here are a few issues I raised this week in the Order of Business, 1-3rd December 2015

  • The House recently concluded a debate on the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill, which was very welcome, but in the new year I would like us to have a debate on how best to implement the policy in the Bill and how best to ensure we meet our targets in light of whatever decisions are made in Paris. I know all colleagues will want to join in expressing hope for a positive and effective agreement among the international leaders represented in Paris. I welcome the speech by the US President, Barack Obama, at the Paris summit yesterday, where he pointed out that the Paris conference is a potential turning point for us in respect of curbing global warming. We are at a critical point to try to ensure we do not see it take hold, with the dire consequences we all know will occur. I concur with Senator Ó Murchú's comments on Ireland's role in this. Clearly, it will be difficult for us to seek to meet the 20% reduction by 2020, particularly because of our agricultural emissions, but we have a duty to ensure that we try to meet these targets.

  • I welcome the Northern Ireland High Court decision yesterday, by Judge Mark Horner, in a case taken by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. The judge found a breach of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights in respect of the failure to provide for abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality and rape. Clearly, there are implications for this jurisdiction, but the Leader has agreed already to a debate on that in the new year.

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Success as Section 37.1 Employment Equality (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2013 is finally passed!

Posted on December 04, 2015

Passage of Section 37.1 Amendment!

So pleased to finally see this amendment to the Employment Equality Act finally passed and justice prevailed for LGBT workers in the Education and Health Care field. Congratulations to all who worked so hard and for so long to add to what has been a great year for equality measures! 

I first introduced the amendment of Section 37.1 back in March 2013 and I'm thrilled to see its completion.  #Equality 

http://ivanabacik.com/blog/2015/02/19/section-371-update-employment-equality-amendment-n/

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Irish Examiner article on Landmark Belfast Court Decision - Abortion, November 2015

Posted on December 01, 2015

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Ivana Bacik: Repeal the Eighth Amendment and restore women’s bodily autonomy

http://www.irishexaminer.com/viewpoints/analysis/ivana-bacik-repeal-the-eighth-amendment-and-restore-womens-bodily-autonomy-368898.html

  
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Tuesday, December 01, 2015Ivana Bacik

 

Yesterday’s ruling in the North should lead to renewed calls, ahead of the election, for Ireland to repeal the Eighth Amendment, writes Ivana Bacik

 

Savita Halappanavar: Pregnancy was not terminated until too late to save her life.

 

We have important lessons to learn from yesterday’s landmark Belfast High Court decision.

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HEADS AND GENERAL SCHEME OF REPEAL THE EIGHTH AMENDMENT BILL 2015

Posted on November 30, 2015

Press conference: Labour Women Repeal 8th Amendment launch

HEADS AND GENERAL SCHEME OF  REPEAL THE EIGHTH AMENDMENT BILL 2015

November 2015

A Framework for the Scheme of the Bill which would be introduced by the Labour Party into the Oireachtas if Article 40.3.3 (the Eighth Amendment) of the Constitution were repealed by way of Referendum. This Bill would provide for the conditions under which terminations of pregnancy may be carried out legally in Ireland. 

Follow link or go directly to 'General News' release see full Bill details. 

http://ivanabacik.com/news/2015/11/30/heads-and-general-scheme-of-repeal-the-eighth-amen/

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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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With Labour Party colleagues ahead of the Employment Equality Amendment Bill (Section 37.1) being introduced to the Dáil.

Posted on November 19, 2015

With Labour Party colleagues ahead of the Employment Equality Amendment Bill to the Dáil

With Labour Party colleagues ahead of the Employment Equality Amendment Bill (Section 37.1) being introduced to the Dáil.

L-R Ivana Bacik, Dominic Hannigan TD, Sen. Marie Moloney, Aodhan O'Riordhain TD, Sen. Mary Moran, Ciara Conway TD, and Derek Nolan, TD.

Very pleased to see that the Employment Equality (Amendment) (No.2) Bill I first introduced in 2013 to the Seanad was at last introduced to the Dáil for discussion this week. I look forward to it being passed quickly and efficiently.  #Equality #LGBT #INTO 

 

 

 

 

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