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Seanad: Order of Business (24 May 2017)

Ivana Bacik: We would be very happy to have Senator Ruane join us in the Labour Party. On a more sombre note, as I did not have the opportunity yesterday, I wish to join with colleagues in expressing sincere condolences and sympathies to the families and victims of those caught up in the horrific Manchester bomb attack and to express sympathy also to the people of Manchester at this appalling carnage....

Seanad: Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (Gender Pay Gap Information) Bill 2017: Second Stage (24 May 2017)

Ivana Bacik: I move: "That the Bill be now read a Second Time." I welcome the Minister of State, Deputy Stanton, to the House. It is always a pleasure to have him come to the House. I thank him for his commitment to, and interest in, the Bill, which I understand he will not be opposing. I am very glad to hear that. I also thank the many organisations and individuals who have given support to the...

Seanad: Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (Gender Pay Gap Information) Bill 2017: Second Stage (24 May 2017)

Ivana Bacik: Hear, hear.

Seanad: Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (Gender Pay Gap Information) Bill 2017: Second Stage (24 May 2017)

Ivana Bacik: I welcome the Minister of State, Deputy Kehoe, to the House. I thank all my colleagues who spoke in support of the Bill. I thank the Minister of State, Deputy Stanton, for expressing his support in principle for the Bill and his decision not to oppose it on Second Stage. Along with Senators McDowell, Gavan, Humphreys and others, I am disappointed the Minister of State was somewhat critical...

Seanad: Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (Gender Pay Gap Information) Bill 2017: Second Stage (24 May 2017)

Ivana Bacik: Next Tuesday.

Seanad: Order of Business (17 May 2017)

Ivana Bacik: I thank the Leader for accepting the Bill proposed by the Labour Party group, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (Gender Pay Gap Information) Bill 2017, which we will propose on Second Stage on Wednesday, 24 May in Private Members' time. This is an important Bill to tackle the ongoing issue of a gender pay gap, which remains persistent despite equal pay legislation being in place...

Seanad: Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2016: Second Stage (17 May 2017)

Ivana Bacik: I welcome the Minister and thank her for the constructive engagement with her and her officials in respect of the Bill. I am delighted that, as she stated, the Bill is being introduced in the Seanad. I acknowledge the presence in the Gallery of Susan Lohan and Noelle Brown, I applaud the great work done by Claire McGettrick and others at the Adoption Rights Alliance and I thank Dr. Fergus...

Seanad: Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2016: Second Stage (17 May 2017)

Ivana Bacik: Finally, we need to be careful that this vitally important Bill clearly discloses a level of trust in adopted persons and attaches a great deal of weight to their rights to know their own identities. Unfortunately, some of the provisions in the Bill appear to be based on a distrust of adopted persons and to refer back to an old culture of concealment and secrecy. The Tuam revelations have...

Seanad: Second Interim Report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes and Certain Related Matters: Statements (17 May 2017)

Ivana Bacik: I welcome the Minister back to the Chamber. I welcome those present in the Gallery for this important debate. I acknowledge that the issues we are debating relating to the second interim report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes are closely related to the issues we debated earlier on the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill. Both relate to Ireland's shameful...

Seanad: Second Interim Report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes and Certain Related Matters: Statements (17 May 2017)

Ivana Bacik: -----when as far back as 1927 the State was on notice of the appalling treatment of women and children in homes such as these. Others have spoken on the other issues raised by the commission, including the false registration of births, the dreadful cases of illegal adoptions and the difficulties for many adults who are now trying to establish their right to an identity. Some people have...

Seanad: Second Interim Report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes and Certain Related Matters: Statements (Resumed) (17 May 2017)

Ivana Bacik: There is still five minutes remaining of the time allocated.

Seanad: Second Interim Report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes and Certain Related Matters: Statements (Resumed) (17 May 2017)

Ivana Bacik: I was here. Following on from the change made by the Leader, the debate is to conclude at 4.30 p.m..

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Implications of Brexit for Foreign Policy: Discussion (11 May 2017)

Ivana Bacik: I thank the witnesses for their stimulating and comprehensive presentations that complemented each other on the law and politics around Brexit. The witnesses are before the committee on an auspicious day, given that Michel Barnier will be in the Dáil in the next hour. Professor Murphy described himself as ardently pro-European. It is not a phrase one hears often but I would probably...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Implications of Brexit for Foreign Policy: Discussion (11 May 2017)

Ivana Bacik: We did not ask about the defence issue, in particular how the EU could deal with a resurgent Russia. We have had people in from Georgia and other countries who have real concerns about that. We may not have time for that today because it is a whole other issue.

Seanad: Order of Business (10 May 2017)

Ivana Bacik: I welcome the election of Emmanuel Macron as President of France. I particularly welcome the defeat of Marine Le Pen and the rejection by the French electorate of the politics of the far right.

Seanad: Order of Business (10 May 2017)

Ivana Bacik: I think it is a very optimistic sign in what is often a bleak political landscape at present across Europe. I would like to welcome one aspect of the scheme of the social welfare and pensions Bill, as published by the Minister, Deputy Varadkar, last night. Colleagues will be interested to know that head 14 of the scheme mirrors the Seanad Private Members' Bill I introduced on behalf of the...

Seanad: Order of Business (10 May 2017)

Ivana Bacik: There is an absolutely clear need to repeal the provision in the Defamation Act 2009 which introduced the new statutory offence of blasphemy and then to have a constitutional referendum to remove blasphemy from the Constitution.

Seanad: Order of Business (10 May 2017)

Ivana Bacik: As an Oireachtas, we could repeal the 2009 provision by taking out the statutory offence and thereby removing the crazy situation whereby someone like Stephen Fry was apparently facing interview by the Garda for his comments.

Seanad: Order of Business (11 Apr 2017)

Ivana Bacik: I join others in expressing hope we will see resolution of the Bus Éireann strike in the talks at the Labour Court, which are due to take place this afternoon. We all regret the fact that talks broke down late last night at the Workplace Relations Commission. I ask the Leader for support in drafting an all-party motion condemning the appalling chemical weapons attack on civilians in...

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