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Written Answers — Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: Child Protection (5 Oct 2021)

Ivana Bacik: 485. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth if he plans to ratify the optional protocol on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography; and if so, if he will supply a timeline for same. [47873/21]

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: An Garda Síochána (5 Oct 2021)

Ivana Bacik: 533. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if her attention has been drawn to reports that appointments with the Garda National Immigration Bureau are being booked and sold online by a non-authorised entity; the steps her Department has taken to investigate this matter since it was raised in a parliamentary question (details supplied); and if she will make a statement...

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Citizenship Applications (5 Oct 2021)

Ivana Bacik: 534. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Irish citizenship applicants currently waiting longer than 12 months for a decision on their application; and the number of citizenship applicants currently waiting longer than 24 months for a decision on their application. [48178/21]

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Citizenship Applications (5 Oct 2021)

Ivana Bacik: 535. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the average waiting time for citizenship applications to date in 2021. [48179/21]

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Citizenship Applications (5 Oct 2021)

Ivana Bacik: 536. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of citizenship applicants her Department plans to communicate a decision to in 2021. [48180/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Residential Institutions (5 Oct 2021)

Ivana Bacik: 642. To ask the Minister for Health if the Time to Move on from Congregated Settings policy of his Department will facilitate service users to continue to live in congregated settings in circumstances in which it is their will and preference. [47872/21]

Joint Committee On Children, Equality, Disability, Integration And Youth: Regulation and Funding Issues Facing Workers in the Early Years Sector: Discussion (5 Oct 2021)

Ivana Bacik: I thank Mr. O'Connor and Ms Reynolds for the presentation and for outlining so starkly the staffing crisis. What we are hearing from them and others such as parents, childcare providers and staff is that this is a crisis in the sector beyond just staffing. The current Government policy is failing staff and parents, who are paying the second highest household childcare costs in the OECD,...

Joint Committee On Children, Equality, Disability, Integration And Youth: Regulation and Funding Issues Facing Workers in the Early Years Sector: Discussion (5 Oct 2021)

Ivana Bacik: I thank the witnesses. It is very helpful to have the documents and the survey compiled by the Association of Childcare Professionals. My colleague, Senator Sherlock, has raised the issue of unforeseen consequences following the introduction of the national childcare scheme in 2019 and this move, as clearly expressed by the witnesses, from a child-centred scheme to a work activation model...

Joint Committee On Children, Equality, Disability, Integration And Youth: Adoptee Voices Report: Aitheantas (5 Oct 2021)

Ivana Bacik: I thank the witnesses for the great presentation and the report, which is most helpful. I am conscious of the findings and the language, and we had a good look at the language issue, particularly the language of "birth mother". Do either of the witnesses want to comment on the issue that, in the heads of Bill, it is "birth parent" that is used - the gender-neutral term - and "birth mother"...

Planning and Development (Climate Emergency Measures) (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage [Private Members] (30 Sep 2021)

Ivana Bacik: I am glad to speak on behalf of the Labour Party in support of this Bill. I am conscious that this is the third time in two days that we have had the opportunity to have a substantive debate on climate and climate-related issues. It is a sign of the times and how pressing and urgent this issue is. In today's earlier debate, I spoke, as many did, about the IPCC report and the warning that...

Climate Action: Statements (30 Sep 2021)

Ivana Bacik: I am glad to contribute to this vitally important debate. The report from the IPCC in August warned us that we are at "code red for humanity". The UN Secretary General recently said that "The alarm bells are deafening [...] Greenhouse gas emissions ... are choking our planet and putting billions of people at immediate risk". We face a climate emergency, but we also face a biodiversity...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Economic Sanctions (30 Sep 2021)

Ivana Bacik: 60. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade further to the registration on 8 September 2021 by the EU Commission of a European Citizens' Initiative (details supplied), if he will raise at EU level the potential for an EU-wide ban on the importation of goods from the occupied territories. [47066/21]

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Middle East (30 Sep 2021)

Ivana Bacik: 73. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on a current campaign (details supplied) which seeks to raise awareness about the intimidation, harassment and obstruction faced routinely by Palestinian children as they try to get safely to their classrooms in the West Bank, Gaza and the occupied territories and about the seriously detrimental impact for their education, safety...

Data Centre Moratorium: Motion [Private Members] (29 Sep 2021)

Ivana Bacik: I am glad to speak for the Labour Party in support of this motion and commend Deputy Whitmore and her colleagues on bringing it forward. I am glad to have the opportunity to debate the important and pressing issue of data centres in a measured, thoughtful and rational way. The wording of the motion is careful. It simply calls for a pause on the development of data centres and sets out very...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Middle East (29 Sep 2021)

Ivana Bacik: 125. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if his attention has been drawn to a recent testimony (details supplied) regarding incidents that have had a severe impact on access to education for over half a million children across the Occupied Palestinian Territory; if his attention has been drawn to reports that three out of four attacks were perpetrated by Israeli forces over a...

Joint Committee On Children, Equality, Disability, Integration And Youth: General Scheme of the Birth Information and Tracing Bill 2021: Discussion (Resumed) (28 Sep 2021)

Ivana Bacik: This is my first meeting as a member of the committee. I am conscious that other members have already been through some hearings on pre-legislative scrutiny. I welcome the opportunity to be here. I thank the Minister for his outline of the Bill. I was very involved in the Minister's predecessor's attempts, and indeed with other attempts in the past, to try to draft legislation....

Joint Committee On Children, Equality, Disability, Integration And Youth: General Scheme of the Birth Information and Tracing Bill 2021: Discussion (Resumed) (28 Sep 2021)

Ivana Bacik: I thank the Minister for his engagement with us, which has been constructive. On his point about the balancing of rights, he said this Bill would seek to flip the rights to ensure the identity and information are given priority over privacy rights and, therefore, it would use a different approach to the previous Bill. Unfortunately, there have been so many iterations of draft legislation on...

Joint Committee On Children, Equality, Disability, Integration And Youth: General Scheme of the Birth Information and Tracing Bill 2021: Discussion (Resumed) (28 Sep 2021)

Ivana Bacik: I raised the point about how we meet the balancing of rights. Our understanding of what is necessary to carry out that has clearly shifted over time because at one point it was thought the birth parent would require a veto in order for the balance to be constitutionally robust. It seems that now that an information session – the word "session" is a very unlegal word in the Bill...

Ombudsman for Children's Initiative on Eliminating Child Poverty and Child Homelessness: Statements (23 Sep 2021)

Ivana Bacik: I commend the Ombudsman for Children, Dr. Niall Muldoon, and the staff of his office on the publication of the A Better Normal report. It is a very important report and I welcome the opportunity to debate it. I am glad to hear the Minister will meet the ombudsman in the coming weeks to discuss the report. The report points to the need for urgent political and cross-departmental action...

Residential Tenancies (Tenants' Rights) Bill 2021: Second Stage [Private Members] (22 Sep 2021)

Ivana Bacik: Hear, hear.

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