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Seanad: Order of Business (14 Nov 2017)

Ivana Bacik: On behalf of the Labour Party, I join Senator Catherine Ardagh in expressing sympathy to the survivors and families of those killed so tragically in the earthquake in Iran. I understand more than 400 people were killed and about 7,000 injured. It was an horrific earthquake. I also join Senator Victor Boyhan in expressing sympathy to the family of the late Kevin Dawson who was a pioneering...

Seanad: Order of Business (14 Nov 2017)

Ivana Bacik: It was reported to me. I did not listen directly.

Seanad: Order of Business (14 Nov 2017)

Ivana Bacik: I was glad to see some positive signs of something which was often, rightly, disparaged, namely, new politics. Gender equality in the workplace goes beyond equal pay. In recent weeks there has been momentum on issues to do with sexual harassment in the workplace. I commend Grace Dyas, a brave young woman, for coming forward to highlight issues to do with sexual harassment in Irish theatre,...

Seanad: Criminal Justice (Victims of Crime) Bill 2017: Motion (26 Oct 2017)

Ivana Bacik: I welcome the Minister of State back to the House. I welcome Maria McDonald from the Victims Rights Alliance who is in the public Gallery and acknowledge the great work she has done on this issue. I echo colleagues in terms of our disappointment that the Dáil has seen fit to reject an amendment from the Seanad. The Seanad does not often pass amendments to legislation against the...

Seanad: Situation in Catalonia: Statements (25 Oct 2017)

Ivana Bacik: I welcome the Minister of State and the opportunity to have this important debate. Like other Members, I know Spain well from many visits there. The eruption of this constitutional crisis is shocking. It was particularly shocking to see the violence that erupted on 1 October and the heavy-handed response by Prime Minister Rajoy and the Spanish Government. It clearly inflamed the crisis...

Seanad: Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (Gender Pay Gap Information) Bill: Committee Stage (25 Oct 2017)

Ivana Bacik: I welcome the Minister of State, Deputy David Stanton, to the House. I welcome the commitment by the Government to addressing the serious problem of the gender pay gap. I welcome to the Visitors Gallery the representatives of the National Women's Council of Ireland. I thank the council and other organisations, such as IMPACT, for their great support for this Bill. This Bill passed on...

Seanad: Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (Gender Pay Gap Information) Bill: Committee Stage (25 Oct 2017)

Ivana Bacik: I am always trying to be gender neutral.

Seanad: Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (Gender Pay Gap Information) Bill: Committee Stage (25 Oct 2017)

Ivana Bacik: I thank the Minister of State for his comprehensive response and setting out in detail the substance of the amendments he proposes to bring forward on Report Stage. I know that the consultation process was concluded on 4 October and that, as he said, the symposium will be held on 4 December. As we are anxious to make progress on this issue, I wonder if he could outline a timeline. We hope...

Seanad: Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (Gender Pay Gap Information) Bill: Committee Stage (25 Oct 2017)

Ivana Bacik: I thank Senator Rose Conway-Walsh for her support for the Bill, as well as Senator Colette Kelleher who expressed strong support earlier for it and Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee. I know that the amendment is in the spirit of trying to strengthen the Bill and that the Minister of State will obviously have a view on it. There may a process issue involved in the provision for multiple fines...

Seanad: Order of Business (24 Oct 2017)

Ivana Bacik: I join others in welcoming the return home of Ibrahim Halawa. There were very joyful scenes at Dublin Airport. I commend all those who played a part in securing his release. An Oireachtas cross-party delegation that included the Labour Party leader, Deputy Brendan Howlin, among its members went to Egypt at the start of the year. It is worth commending everyone involved in securing his...

Seanad: Order of Business (24 Oct 2017)

Ivana Bacik: I join Senator Ardagh and others in speaking about the tracker mortgage scandal. Clearly this gives rise to very worrying issues around the dealings of the Central Bank of Ireland with the banks, in particular on the issue of the delay. I understand the Central Bank of Ireland commenced its investigation two years ago. However, there is a sense of urgency about dealing with the issue now...

Seanad: Order of Business (24 Oct 2017)

Ivana Bacik: Hear, hear.

Seanad: Order of Business (24 Oct 2017)

Ivana Bacik: On a point of order, that is not what Ms Holland says in the article.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Irish Aid Programme Review (Resumed) (19 Oct 2017)

Ivana Bacik: I thank the witnesses for the excellent presentations. I join others in commending the great work done by NGOs with funding from Irish Aid. As Ms Keatinge said, it is timely and important that we review the Irish Aid programme. It is great to hear from all the witnesses and from Mr. Niall Burgress and Mr. Ruairí de Búrca. On the issue of the 0.7% target, on 5 October I asked...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Irish Aid Programme Review (Resumed) (19 Oct 2017)

Ivana Bacik: I thank Mr. Donoghue very much for the presentation. It is great to hear from somebody who was so closely involved with the development of the SDGs. I compliment Mr. Donoghue, on behalf of the committee, on his incredibly important role in co-chairing the process. It is a remarkable achievement to have every country signing up without reservation. It is particularly interesting for this...

Seanad: Future of Europe: Statements (12 Oct 2017)

Ivana Bacik: I welcome the Minister of State to the House and wish her the very best. Her role is an important one, particularly at this time post Brexit. I know we are trying not to mention the "B" word but it is inevitable that it will be mentioned and everybody has done so. I read the Minister of State's speech carefully. I welcome her comments, particularly on support for the core values of the EU...

Seanad: Order of Business (10 Oct 2017)

Ivana Bacik: I join with others in expressing condolences to the family of the late Taoiseach, Liam Cosgrave. On a more positive note, I join with Senator Ó Donnghaile in expressing such a welcome for the match result last night. It was a super match and I am proud for James McClean and, as the Senator stated, for Derry, with Martin O'Neill and others there. I also wish to express support for a...

Seanad: Order of Business (10 Oct 2017)

Ivana Bacik: Funding is needed to implement Sláintecare.

Seanad: Order of Business (10 Oct 2017)

Ivana Bacik: We do, and we do not have funding for it.

Seanad: Order of Business (10 Oct 2017)

Ivana Bacik: He should have referenced it explicitly in the budget.

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