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Seanad: Order of Business (17 Jul 2014)

Ivana Bacik: I join Senator Mark Daly in welcoming the group from the Irish Deaf Society to the Visitors Gallery. The issue of funding for voluntary groups, particularly health groups such as the Neurological Alliance of Ireland and the Irish Deaf Society, was raised by colleagues on both sides of the House yesterday. In his response the Leader indicated that an appeals process was under way, overseen...

Seanad: Health (General Practitioner Service) Bill 2014: Committee Stage (Resumed) and Remaining Stages (16 Jul 2014)

Ivana Bacik: I welcome the Minister of State, Deputy Lynch, and commend her on her new enhanced portfolio. I commend the former Minister and Minister of State at the Department of Health, Deputies White and Reilly, and their officials on the progress of this Bill. I welcome its imminent passage and I very much hope it will be passed shortly today. I wish the Minister of State and the Minister, Deputy...

Seanad: Employment Permits (Amendment) Bill 2014: Committee Stage (16 Jul 2014)

Ivana Bacik: Our consideration of the Bill is to resume this evening on the conclusion of Second Stage of the Court of Appeal Bill 2014.

Seanad: Employment Permits (Amendment) Bill 2014: Committee Stage (16 Jul 2014)

Ivana Bacik: The time allocation for the Bill has been extended to 12.30 p.m. Senator Cummins had indicated he would extend the time to 12.30 p.m.

Seanad: Employment Permits (Amendment) Bill 2014: Committee Stage (16 Jul 2014)

Ivana Bacik: I am not sure if Senator Cummins formally indicated that but I formally propose that the time allocated be extended to 12.30 p.m. and the debate will then be adjourned as we will not have concluded it by then.

Seanad: Employment Permits (Amendment) Bill 2014: Committee Stage (16 Jul 2014)

Ivana Bacik: 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. The...

Seanad: Standing Orders: Motion (16 Jul 2014)

Ivana Bacik: I move: That, pursuant to Standing Order 90(1)(a), the Committee on Procedure and Privileges recommends that the Standing Orders of Seanad Éireann relative to Public Business are hereby amended by the adoption of the following as an additional Standing Order: ‘71A. (1) The provisions of this Standing Order shall apply to a Committee conducting ordinary Committee business (i.e. any...

Seanad: Civil Registration (Amendment) Bill 2014: Second Stage (15 Jul 2014)

Ivana Bacik: Next Tuesday.

Seanad: Civil Registration (Amendment) Bill 2014: Second Stage (15 Jul 2014)

Ivana Bacik: At 10.30 a.m. tomorrow.

Seanad: Civil Registration (Amendment) Bill 2014: Second Stage (15 Jul 2014)

Ivana Bacik: I welcome the Minister as Tánaiste. This is my first opportunity to do so and I welcome her appointment. I also welcome the Bill and I thank the Minister for starting it in the Seanad. It is a Bill that will benefit from the detailed scrutiny we will give it in the Seanad on Committee Stage. We always appreciate when Ministers initiate Bills in the Seanad. The Bill is about...

Seanad: Radiological Protection (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2014: Report and Final Stages (15 Jul 2014)

Ivana Bacik: Now.

Seanad: Order of Business (15 Jul 2014)

Ivana Bacik: 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. I agree with Senator O'Brien regarding the ordering of business in the House this month. As all colleagues know, it is not a unique feature of this Government. In fact, it has been a...

Seanad: Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Bill 2014: Report and Final Stages (10 Jul 2014)

Ivana Bacik: I thank the Minister for her engagement on this Bill. I reiterate the point made by Senators Zappone and van Turnhout. I is always a proud moment when a Senator has an amendment accepted. I have had this experience on a small number of occasions. It is a measure of a good and engaged Minister that she was willing to take amendments, reconstruct them and incorporate the principles involved...

Seanad: Environmental Protection Agency: Motion (9 Jul 2014)

Ivana Bacik: I welcome the Minister of State to the House. I am pleased to have an opportunity to speak on these important environmental matters. I commend my colleagues, Senators Whelan and Landy, for putting forward this motion with the support of all of us in the Labour Party group. I thank the Minister, Deputy Hogan, for the speech he made earlier, which was a comprehensive response to the issues...

Seanad: Order of Business (9 Jul 2014)

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.

Seanad: Order of Business (9 Jul 2014)

Ivana Bacik: Permission was granted for three concerts.

Seanad: Order of Business (9 Jul 2014)

Ivana Bacik: Apparently, the decision was taken by the artist and promoter. I am aware another promoter went on radio this morning to express his view which was somewhat critical of the way it was done. We need to look at how we ensure change to ensure it does not happen again. As legislators we have allowed a practice to grow up where concert tickets were being sold in thousands, subject to licence....

Seanad: Competition and Consumer Protection Bill 2014: Second Stage (8 Jul 2014)

Ivana Bacik: Next Thursday.

Seanad: Competition and Consumer Protection Bill 2014: Second Stage (8 Jul 2014)

Ivana Bacik: The Minister is very welcome to the House. Like my colleagues on this side of the House, I very much welcome the Bill. In fact, I believe colleagues on both sides will welcome it. It is a sensible Bill. As the Minister said, it has three main purposes. The first of those is the one on which there has been a focus, that is, merging the National Consumer Agency and the Competition...

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