Above from left: Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Peter Kyle MP, Labour Leader Ivana Bacik, and Leader of the UK Labour Party Keir Starmer walk beside St. Stephen’s Green, during Mr Starmer’s visit to Ireland
UK Labour Party Leader Sir Kier Starmer, joined by shadow Northern Ireland secretary Peter Kyle, visited Irish Labour Party TDs, including leader Ivana Bacik.
Protestors, including Ivana Bacik, newly elected leader of the Labour Party, gather outside Government Buildings for the 2022 Global Climate Strike.
I’m a lifelong Labour voter. Last night, I listened to the Ivana Bacik Drivetime interview with Sarah McInerney. If politicians can’t cost their plans, it might be a good idea not to vote for posters. Now, more than ever, we need substance, not style. pic.twitter.com/M0yCYffqv9
The Joint Committee on Gender Equality will meet to discuss the recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly on Gender Equality with Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth Roderic O’Gorman.
Committee Cathaoirleach Deputy Ivana Bacik said:
“The focus of tomorrow’s hearing is to concentrate on the recommendations relating to changes to the Constitution and on domestic, sexual and gender based violence.
“Recommendations 1-3 set out that Article 40.1 of the Constitution [‘All citizens shall, as human persons, be held equal before the law. This shall not be held to mean that the State shall not in its enactments have due regard to differences of capacity, physical and moral, and of social function‘] should be amended to refer explicitly to gender equality and non-discrimination.
Article 41 of the Constitution [‘The State recognises the Family as the natural primary and fundamental unit group of Society, and as a moral institution possessing inalienable and imprescriptible rights, antecedent and superior to all positive law’ ] should be amended so that it would protect private and family life, with the protection afforded to the family not limited to the marital family.”
“Assembly members recommended that Article 41.2 of the Constitution [‘The State recognises that by her life within the home, woman gives to the State a support without which the common good cannot be achieved. The State shall, therefore, endeavour to ensure that mothers shall not be obliged by economic necessity to engage in labour to the neglect of their duties in the home’] should be deleted and replaced with language that is not gender specific and obliges the State to take reasonable measures to support care within the home and wider community.”
“…Assembly members recommended that all Government action to prevent and counter domestic, sexual and gender-based violence should be coordinated by a Cabinet Minister with direct responsibility for implementation of a national strategy.”
Tanaiste Leo Varadkar greets Labour’s Ivana Bacik and party leader Alan Kelly following Labour’s victory in the Dublin Bay South by-election.
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.
Ivana Bacik will be an “incredible legislator” in the Dáil, says Alan Kelly, who says while today’s result won’t change the Dáil arithmetic, it does disprove that the narrative that politics is now FG v SF pic.twitter.com/Vi8lQW52AR
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%.
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.
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
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.