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Ivana Bacik is an Irish Labour Party politician who has been the Leader of the Labour Party since 24 March 2022 and a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin Bay South constituency since winning a by-election on 9 July 2021. Bacik previously served as Leader of the Labour Party in the Seanad from 2011 to 2021, and a Senator for the Dublin University constituency from 2007 to 2021. She previously served as Deputy Leader of Seanad Éireann from 2011 to 2016.
Bacik has been Reid Professor of Criminal Law, Criminology and Penology at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) Law School since 1996, and was a made a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin in 2005. She has an LL.B. from TCD and an LL.M. from the London School of Economics. She practices as a barrister and teaches courses in criminal law; criminology and penology; and feminist theory and law at Trinity. Her research interests include criminal law and criminology, constitutional law, feminist theories and law, human rights and equality issues in law. She is known in particular for her abortion rights campaigning since the 1980s, and her high media profile.
|Net Worth||$5 million|
|Parents nationality||Czech Irish decent|
Ivana Catherine Bacik was born on May 25, 1968 (age 55 years) in Dublin, Ireland. Her paternal grandfather, Charles Bacik, a Czech factory owner, moved to Ireland in 1946 with his young family when the Communists began to take over private businesses. He eventually settled in Waterford and in 1947 was involved in the establishment of Waterford Crystal.
Her mother’s side of the family are Murphys from County Clare. Bacik lived in many locations in her youth, as her father, an astronomer, was employed in many different locations. As a result, she lived in London, UK, and South Africa, before moving to the village of Cloughduv, County Cork, located twenty miles west of Cork City, at six years of age. She attended the local national school whilst living there.
Ivana Bacik resigned as president of Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union in 1990, after breaking the mandate from the Union membership regarding voting for candidates at a Union of Students in Ireland conference. Despite 13 TCD representatives being mandated to vote for one candidate, Martin Whelan, a former TCD SU president, it transpired that he received only 12 votes, Bacik’s vote instead of being given to the feminist former UCD SU officer, Karen Quinlivan. A controversy erupted in the Students’ Union and a subsequent internal investigation led to Bacik’s resignation.
Bacik was taken to court by the anti-abortion group, the Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child (SPUC), for providing information on abortion. SPUC was successful in the court case, albeit that success came in the 1990s, long after Bacik had graduated from Trinity College. A High Court injunction had been ordered against Bacik and other members of the TCD Students’ Union in October 1989.
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In November 1989, Bacik was informed by the Gardai that the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and the TCD Students’ Union that they were under investigation following complaints that “they were corrupting the public morals by disseminating information on abortion.” In an article she wrote for the International Planned Parenthood Federation, she said it was soon-to-be Irish President Mary Robinson that prevented her and students’ union members from going to prison.
Bacik’s policies have been described as liberal and social democratic and she has been described as “Labour’s queen of political correctness”. She contested the Seanad Éireann elections in 1997 and 2002 as an Independent candidate in the Dublin University constituency. She ran as a Labour Party candidate at the 2004 election to the European Parliament in the Dublin constituency. She ran with sitting MEP Proinsias De Rossa, who was also the party president, on the same ticket. She polled 40,707 first preference votes (9.6%) but was not elected.
Ivana Bacik was one of the 61 Irish academic signatories of a letter published in The Irish Times calling for an academic boycott of the state of Israel in September 2006. In January 2009, she declared that she wants Ireland to break off diplomatic relations with Israel and in February 2009 called for a general boycott of Israeli goods. In 2007, she contested the Seanad Éireann elections for the third time in the Dublin University constituency and was elected to the third seat, behind sitting Independent senators Shane Ross and David Norris. She initially sat as an Independent senator.
Bacik was the Labour Party candidate for the Dublin Central by-election she came in third with 17% of the first preference votes in June 2009. She joined the Labour Party group in the Seanad in September 2009 and became Labour Party Seanad spokesperson for both Justice and Arts, Sports and Tourism. However, in 2006, Bacik acted as junior counsel in Zappone v. Revenue Commissioners, the unsuccessful High Court case brought by Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan over the non-recognition of their Canadian same-sex marriage by the Revenue Commissioners.
In May 2010, Ivana Bacik sought Labour’s nomination to contest the next election in the Dublin South-East constituency but was not selected. In December 2010, she was added to the ticket as the second candidate beside Labour Party leader, Eamon Gilmore, in the Dún Laoghaire constituency for the 2011 general election. Gilmore topped the poll, with Bacik receiving 10.1% of first preference votes but she was not elected. She was re-elected to Seanad Éireann at the subsequent election, after which she became Deputy Leader of the Seanad. She held her seat in the Seanad in 2016 and in 2020.
In May 2019, following the results of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation which found that hundreds of children had died while in the care of homes run by the Catholic Church, Bacik called for the government to take financial action against the religious orders involved. In December 2020, Bacik called for foreign frontline medical workers fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic in Ireland to be rewarded with fast-tracked citizenship applications, as has been done in France.
On 27 April 2021, after the resignation of Eoghan Murphy from his Dáil seat in Dublin Bay South, Bacik announced her intention to stand in the upcoming by-election. Bacik campaigned with an emphasis on providing affordable housing, as well as improving healthcare and childcare, tackling climate change, and achieving “a true republic in which church and state are separated”.
During the campaign, Ivana Bacik has described herself as having “more bills passed into law than any other Senator, on issues such as workers’ conditions, women’s health rights, and LGBT equality”. Bacik also campaigned on increasing the number of sports amenities for children in the area, calling for unused Defence Forces football fields at the Cathal Brugha Barracks to be freed up for local sports, with the suggestion rejected by Fine Gael Minister for Defence Simon Coveney.
Fine Gael complained to RTÉ after Bacik featured prominently on National Treasures, a prime-time TV show broadcast by RTÉ during the campaign. RTÉ has strict rules about fair coverage of candidates during campaigns. The national broadcaster blamed an “inadvertent error” for the programme being shown three days before the election. A steering group within the broadcaster told Fine Gael that “the broadcast should not have happened.” Consequentially, RTÉ had to show a special report on the by-election on Prime Time to “ensure fair coverage is given to all candidates”.
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Ivana Bacik won this election, receiving 8,131 (30.2%) first preference votes. It was her fourth attempt as a Labour candidate, and she expressed her delight at the success at the count centre in the RDS. Following the election, she was described by the Irish Times as “a formidable activist and public intellectual” and that Fine Gael’s perceived antipathy towards their former TD, Kate O’Connell, may have contributed to the surge in support to Bacik from women voters. The newspaper claimed that her election was “a long overdue morale boost” for Labour.
Bacik apologized in August 2021 for attending Katherine Zappone’s controversial party in the Merrion Hotel, Dublin, in July of that year. She stated that she believed that it took place within existing Covid-19 pandemic restrictions. In March 2022, she confirmed she would run to succeed Alan Kelly as Labour Party leader. Kelly stated that he believed that Bacik would succeed him. On 24 March 2022, she was confirmed as a Labour Party leader unopposed at a party conference in Dublin. In a speech, she said she would focus on the rising cost of living and the serious and global problems facing the country.
Ivana Bacik is married to Alan Saul, they had their wedding in the 1900s. She lives with her husband Alan Saul and their two daughters in Portobello, Dublin. Reading the book The Women’s Room by Marilyn French, at 17, greatly influenced her politics and around the same time, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell was also very influential, conveying a powerful anti-capitalist message. She won a scholarship to board at Alexandra College in Milltown, Dublin.
Ivana Bacik net worth
How much is Ivana Bacik worth? Ivana Bacik net worth is estimated at around $5 million. Her main source of income is from her career as a politician and lawyer. Bacik successful career has earned her some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy cars trips. She is one of the richest and most influential politicians in Ireland. Bacik has a good body weight and has an appealing height that suits her personality. However, in 2019, Bacik was chosen by the Irish Women Lawyers Association as Irish Woman Lawyer of the Year. In 2019, she was selected as Irish Tatler’s ‘Woman of the Year.’