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Seanad: Address by An Taoiseach (Resumed) (29 Sep 2016)

Ivana Bacik: I wish to share time with Senator Kevin Humphreys.

Seanad: Address by An Taoiseach (Resumed) (29 Sep 2016)

Ivana Bacik: Cuirim fáilte roimh an Taoiseach. I welcome him back to the Seanad. I am glad to hear of his commitment to Seanad reform now that the question of abolition is firmly off the table. As others have said, we have a blueprint for reform in the shape of the Manning report and I note that the Taoiseach has expressed his support for it. We need to see action, however, and a timeframe for...

Seanad: Order of Business (28 Sep 2016)

Ivana Bacik: As we face into a new session, I welcome some of the Bills on the legislative programme, albeit a fairly light one. In particular, I welcome the disability Bill and the Bill on the judicial council. I also welcome the fact that we will have An Taoiseach with us tomorrow and be able to raise a number of issues with him. I ask the Leader for a debate on third level funding, when we can...

Seanad: Order of Business (28 Sep 2016)

Ivana Bacik: There are 2 million people in Aleppo without running water and 250,000 civilians trapped in the rebel held areas, which are under constant and horrific bombardment, with currently only approximately 30 doctors functioning in hospitals there. I will also be raising this matter with the Taoiseach tomorrow when we have him before us, particularly in light of the slow pace of welcome here for...

Seanad: Economic Growth: Motion (28 Sep 2016)

Ivana Bacik: I wish to share time with Senator Landy.

Seanad: Economic Growth: Motion (28 Sep 2016)

Ivana Bacik: I speak in support of the motion put forward by the Labour Party group and specifically my colleagues, Senators Nash and Ó Ríordáin. I commend them for their effort and specifically Senator Nash on his time as Minister of State dealing with industrial relations and innovation. I am delighted and thank Senator Craughwell and others, including Senator Feighan, for their...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: UN Migration Summit: Discussion (28 Jul 2016)

Ivana Bacik: I thank all the representatives for their eloquent and comprehensive contributions. Other members have asked some wide-ranging questions but I will ask three specific ones. I apologise for the fact that I may have to leave before the representatives respond. I am obliged to attend another meeting at 1 p.m. This is an issue very close to my heart because my family came here from the what...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: UN Migration Summit: Discussion (28 Jul 2016)

Ivana Bacik: I thank the Chairman. I appreciate that. I thought there would be support for the suggestion.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: UN Migration Summit: Discussion (28 Jul 2016)

Ivana Bacik: I apologise, I cannot stay for that.

Seanad: Commencement Matters: Sports Organisations (19 Jul 2016)

Ivana Bacik: I join in welcoming the Minister of State and congratulate him on his appointment. I thank him for coming to answer my question and the Cathaoirleach for selecting my Commencement matter which ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to outline the safeguards and mechanisms in place to ensure good governance policies and procedures are adopted within national sports organisations...

Seanad: Commencement Matters: Sports Organisations (19 Jul 2016)

Ivana Bacik: I thank the Minister of State for his very comprehensive response, particularly for his last few words when he invited me to make contact with him about any specific issue. I agree with him about the selection of competitors. It is about fair procedures. Clearly, the Department cannot and should not be involved in it. When is the national sports policy likely to be completed? The...

Seanad: Order of Business (19 Jul 2016)

Ivana Bacik: I call on the Leader to arrange a debate when we return in September on the issue of foreign policy concerns in light of the recent atrocity in Nice and the attempted coup in Turkey, details of which are only now emerging.Everyone will agree it is a matter of deep concern to see not only that a coup attempt got so far, but also to see the repercussions and that President Erdoan has now...

Seanad: Paternity Leave and Benefit Bill 2016: Committee and Remaining Stages (19 Jul 2016)

Ivana Bacik: I welcome the Minister of State to the House. On behalf of the Labour Party group, I welcome the passage of this historic Bill. It was an initiative of the previous Government and was first proposed by the then Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Deputy Joan Burton.We have all been united in our support. It is long overdue, but it is good to see its speedy passage though the...

Seanad: Commission of Investigation (Irish Bank Resolution Corporation) Bill 2016: Second Stage (19 Jul 2016)

Ivana Bacik: I welcome the Minister of State. We had the pleasure of his company for the debate on the Paternity Leave and Benefit Bill as well. On behalf of the Labour Party, I support the Bill and I wish the Cregan commission every success on its fact-finding mission into the details of the potential losses at IBRC. The Bill helps the commission to investigate losses incurred by IBRC and, accordingly,...

Seanad: Legal Services Regulatory Authority: Motion (19 Jul 2016)

Ivana Bacik: I welcome the Minister of State and this important motion to approve the establishment of the legal services regulatory authority. I should declare my interest as someone who was for many years a practising barrister and still an external examiner for the King's Inns. Also, of course, I know many of the nominees to the authority personally and I have worked with several of them. As the...

Seanad: European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training: Motion (19 Jul 2016)

Ivana Bacik: I welcome the Minister of State to the House on this issue. He pointed out that he had been in the Chamber for an extensive time today. Those of us who have been Senators for some years will know that there is typically a flurry of justice legislation in the House every July and December. Justice spokespersons tend to spend long periods in the Chamber. It may be the new politics, but...

Seanad: European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training: Motion (19 Jul 2016)

Ivana Bacik: Consensus has broken out all over in terms of these justice measures.

Seanad: European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training: Motion (19 Jul 2016)

Ivana Bacik: A new Minister of State and new politics.

Seanad: European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training: Motion (19 Jul 2016)

Ivana Bacik: That is perhaps the most important part.

Seanad: European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training: Motion (19 Jul 2016)

Ivana Bacik: On a more serious note, I am happy on behalf of the Labour group to support this motion on accepting the CEPOL measure. The Minister of State outlined its import. Sadly, almost daily terrorist attacks are beginning to define the world. The atrocity in Nice was mentioned on the Order of Business. I condemn the perpetrator of those awful killings and express my sympathy to the victims who...

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