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Ivana Bacik and Alan Kelly





Last night.

RDS count centre, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar greets Labour’s Ivana Bacik and party leader Alan Kelly following Labour’s victory in the Dublin Bay South by-election.


This evening.

RDS count centre, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

Labour Senator and Dublin Bay South by-election candidate Ivana Bacik (top right) with her party leader Alan Kelly (top left). Ms Bacik is favourite to take the seat left vacant by Fine Gael’s Eoghan Murphy.


This afternoon.

With 100% of the boxes tallied, the indications are that Ms Bacik is on 30% ahead of Fine Gael’s James Geoghegan on 26%, with Lynn Boylan of Sinn Féin on nearly 16%.

Tallies, which are not official counts and come with a strong health warning, suggest that Claire Byrne of the Green Party is on just under 8%, with Fianna Fáil’s Deirdre Conroy under 5% and Independent Mannix Flynn on 3%.

Bacik on course to top the poll in Dublin Bay South (RTÉ)

Earlier: Meanwhile, In The RDS


This afternoon.

RDS count centre, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

Sinn Fein candidate Lynn Boylan (right) with party president Mary Lou McDonald and constituency neighbouring TD Chris Andrews.



This morning.

Portobello, Dublin 8.

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik arriving at her polling station with husband Alan Saul and dog Ginny, to cast her vote in the Dublin Bay South by-election this morning.

Sam Boal/RollingNews


This morning.

RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

Fianna Fáil candidate Deirdre Conroy with her sons as they voted  in the Dublin Bay South by-election this morning.

Earlier: The Auld Triangle

Fianna Fáil/RollingNews

This morning.

Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin 2.

Labour candidate for the Dublin Bay South by-election Senator Ivana Bacik lodged her nomination papers with the Dublin City Returning Officer, joined by former Labour TD for the area, Ruairi Quinn, who, as Minister for Education, abolished student loans, removed Catholic patronage of schools, replaced the hated Leaving Cert, did stuff.

Leah Farrell/RollingNews

Above from left: Labour Senator Marie Sherlock; Labour Education spokesperson Aodhán O Riordain; Ivana Bacik; her Director of Elections Duncan Smith TD, Labour Senator Rebecca Moynihan, and Labour Party Leader Alan Kelly

This morning.

Grand Canal, Dublin 2.

Cycling Senator Ivana Bacik and Labour Party colleagues celebrate her announcement as the party’s candidate for the Dublin Bay South by-election.

Not her first rodeo.





Only a judge (actually three) can decide.

This afternoon.

The High Court, Dublin.

Labour senator Ivana Bacik (above and top) – representing a group of ten senators who are taking action to find out if the  Seanad can sit  without the next taoiseach’s nominees – arrives for a specially convened hearing.

The State argues it cannot sit until all 60 members are appointed.

Via RTÉ:

The outcome of the case will be significant if a government is not formed this weekend as legislation for terrorist and gangland crime – including the operation of the Special Criminal Court – needs to be renewed by next Monday or it will lapse.

The case is being heard by three judges of the High Court, including the President of the court Ms Justice Mary Irvine.

More as we get it.

High Court action over whether Seanad can meet and legislate (RTÉ)


Senator Ivana Bacik

Brian Dineen takes issue with Mia de Faoite’s article supporting the 2017 Irish law criminalising the purchase of sex.

However, he has missed her crucial point about decriminalisation of the (mostly women) sellers of sex.

It is true that the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2017 did not repeal some ancillary offences that can criminalise those engaged in organised prostitution or in pimping, such as the offences of brothel-keeping or of living off the earnings of a prostitute.

Most rational people would agree that these clearly exploitative behaviours should remain criminal offences.

But the 2017 Act did repeal the critical provision in the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 1993 under which many individual women had been prosecuted for the offence of offering their services as a prostitute in a street or public place.

This change has effectively decriminalised the practice of selling sex in public, as we suggested on the Oireachtas Justice Committee which recommended the introduction of the 2017 law.

Mr Dineen also suggests that the criminalisation of the (almost invariably) men who buy sex has led to increased violence against women engaged in prostitution.

However, there is no evidence for this assertion.

Indeed, on the Oireachtas Justice Committee we heard strong evidence from Sweden that criminalising buyers can have a significant effect on reducing demand for prostitution and thereby reducing the harms caused to women through prostitution.

Mia de Faoite and others have spoken powerfully from their own personal experience about these harms, and about the grim reality of selling sex; it is inherently dangerous.

That is why, as legislators, we sought to tackle harm through reducing demand.

Our law, like the 1999 Swedish law, is also premised upon the core principle of equality.

Laws that facilitate the purchase of sex undermine women’s equality by enabling men to buy sexual consent.

But if consent is bought, it is not freely chosen. Those who take issue with our 2017 law tend to overlook that reality.

Senator Ivana Bacik,
Seanad Éireann,
Leinster House,
Dublin 2.

Criminalising the purchase of sex (Irish Times letters page)



Sex Workers Alliance Ireland tweetz:

We are looking for sex workers to participate in a study into the lived experiences of sex workers in the Republic of Ireland in relation to prostitution law, conducted by SWAI.

Please email linda@swai.eu if you are interested in talking to us

Sex Workers Alliance Ireland

Previously: “It Is An Extremely Dangerous Piece Of Legislation”