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Seanad: Order of Business (17 Apr 2018)

Ivana Bacik: I thank the Cathaoirleach, the Leader of the House and my colleagues on the Vótáil 100 committee Senators McFadden, Conway-Walsh, Higgins and Grace O'Sullivan, who stood in for Deputy Catherine Martin, for all the work that went into making this morning's event such a success. I also thank the other colleagues who dropped in to observe Díospóireacht na nÓg, whereby...

Seanad: Order of Business (29 Mar 2018)

Ivana Bacik: I had intended to thank the Leader for proposing to take the motion on Syria without debate. I had not realised it would give rise to conflict but I will be pleased to withdraw it to try to reach an agreed version of the text. I corresponded with all the group leaders on the motion and I was aware that Sinn Féin was not willing to sign up to it. However, we secured support from the...

Seanad: Order of Business (29 Mar 2018)

Ivana Bacik: Perhaps we could debate when the House returns after the break. As I said, I understood there was strong support for the people of Syria in this House. I am, therefore, disappointed by this. On the verdict announced yesterday in the trial in Belfast, I ask the Leader to arrange a debate when we return on the trial of sex offences in this jurisdiction. We have had some significant changes...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Parliament of Georgia Foreign Relations Committee (29 Mar 2018)

Ivana Bacik: The witnesses are all very welcome. I thank them for coming to the committee and for their comprehensive presentation about Georgia, the difficulties it faces and the challenges and aspirations for EU membership in particular. I echo the Chairman's comments, and those of others, in offering my support and that of the Labour Party for the measures being sought such as the lifting of visa...

Seanad: An Bille um an Séú Leasú is Tríocha ar an mBunreacht 2018: Céim an Choiste agus na Céimeanna a bheidh Fágtha - Thirty-sixth Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2018: Committee and Remaining Stages (28 Mar 2018)

Ivana Bacik: On a point of order, all of us maintained a respectful and dignified manner of speaking in last night's debate. I was hoping that would remain the case in today's debate. I have been careful not to criticise colleagues or be personal. It would be nice to keep that tradition in the House.

Seanad: An Bille um an Séú Leasú is Tríocha ar an mBunreacht 2018: Céim an Choiste agus na Céimeanna a bheidh Fágtha - Thirty-sixth Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2018: Committee and Remaining Stages (28 Mar 2018)

Ivana Bacik: I welcome the Minister. I commend and thank him for his very powerful words last night both in opening and closing the debate on Second Stage and expressing such powerful reasons we should support the Bill. I am glad that it was passed on Second Stage in the Seanad last night by 35 votes to 10. I very much hope we will see it being swiftly passed by a resounding majority today once we get...

Seanad: An Bille um an Séú Leasú is Tríocha ar an mBunreacht 2018: Céim an Choiste agus na Céimeanna a bheidh Fágtha - Thirty-sixth Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2018: Committee and Remaining Stages (28 Mar 2018)

Ivana Bacik: Hear, hear.

Seanad: Commencement Matters: Criminal Prosecutions Data (27 Mar 2018)

Ivana Bacik: I welcome the Minister for Justice and Equality to the House. I am very grateful to him for coming in to respond to the matter I have put down, namely, what mechanisms for gathering data exist regarding the operation of the new prostitution-related offences of purchase of sexual services under the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2017 and how it is proposed to record instances of the new...

Seanad: Commencement Matters: Criminal Prosecutions Data (27 Mar 2018)

Ivana Bacik: I thank the Minister for his kind words. I should have paid tribute to the Minister's predecessor, Deputy Frances Fitzgerald, who played a key role in driving through the legislation. I accept that data gathering mechanisms are operational matters for An Garda Síochána and the office of the DPP but there has been a good deal of concern about how data are gathered by the Garda in...

Seanad: An Bille um an Séú Leasú is Tríocha ar an mBunreacht 2018: An Dara Céim - Thirty-sixth Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2018: Second Stage (27 Mar 2018)

Ivana Bacik: I welcome the Minister to the House. I also welcome this historic debate on a Bill that, after 35 years, will finally give the people the right to vote on whether to retain the eighth amendment, which has had such a chilling effect on so many since it was inserted all those years ago. I commend the Minister on his powerful speech-----

Seanad: An Bille um an Séú Leasú is Tríocha ar an mBunreacht 2018: An Dara Céim - Thirty-sixth Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2018: Second Stage (27 Mar 2018)

Ivana Bacik: -----and the great work he has done. It was moving to watch him, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Deputy Zappone, and the Taoiseach standing together on an evening in January and announcing that a referendum would be held this year. I commend him on that and for at last facing what is the stark reality of so many women's lives in Ireland. I am proud to stand here as a Labour...

Seanad: An Bille um an Séú Leasú is Tríocha ar an mBunreacht 2018: An Dara Céim - Thirty-sixth Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2018: Second Stage (27 Mar 2018)

Ivana Bacik: -----while her body decayed. Dr. Peter Boylan spoke movingly at the launch of the Together for Yes campaign, which the Minister attended, about the horrific nature of that case, which was caused by the eighth amendment. The process that has led us to the introduction of this Bill through the Citizens' Assembly, which I commend, and the Oireachtas joint committee has been robust. It...

Seanad: An Bille um an Séú Leasú is Tríocha ar an mBunreacht 2018: An Dara Céim - Thirty-sixth Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2018: Second Stage (27 Mar 2018)

Ivana Bacik: Hear, hear.

Seanad: Order of Business (21 Mar 2018)

Ivana Bacik: I thank colleagues for their support for the idea of a cross-party motion on Syria.Over the days since this House last sat the horrific news from eastern Ghouta in particular has continued, with increasing civilian casualties and civilian evacuations. I am grateful to those who have expressed support, and I hope to bring a cross-party motion before this House tomorrow or perhaps early next...

Seanad: Electoral (Amendment) (Voting at 16) Bill 2016: Committee Stage (21 Mar 2018)

Ivana Bacik: I welcome the Minister of State to the House and I welcome the representatives of youth groups who are seated in the Gallery. I commend Senators Ruane, Warfield and Mac Lochlainn for introducing the Bill. I wish to confirm that my Labour Party colleagues and I support Committee Stage of the Bill. My colleague, Senator Ó Ríordáin, spoke eloquently in favour of the Bill on...

Seanad: Order of Business (7 Mar 2018)

Ivana Bacik: I will move the motion for the Seanad vacancy caused by the resignation of Senator Ó Clochartaigh straight after the Order of Business. It is on the Order Paper. Those of us in the Seanad Technical Group are really delighted that Senator David Norris will be joining us.

Seanad: Order of Business (7 Mar 2018)

Ivana Bacik: He has been a tremendous colleague for so many years-----

Seanad: Order of Business (7 Mar 2018)

Ivana Bacik: -----and I am really honoured that he is going to join us, in particular as he is a Trinity colleague.

Seanad: Order of Business (7 Mar 2018)

Ivana Bacik: Well said.

Seanad: Order of Business (7 Mar 2018)

Ivana Bacik: No.

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