I was first elected to the Seanad in 2007 and re-elected in 2011 and more recently in April 2016. I have been deputy leader of the Seanad, and leader of the Labour group there, since 2011. I am the mother of two young children, and have worked for many years as a Trinity lecturer - I practised as a barrister for many years previously. I have a proven track record in campaigning on a range of human rights, civil liberties, environmental and women's rights issues.
Now more than ever, politics matters. We need leadership, we need vision and we need passion for change at the heart of our democracy.
You can find out more at www.ivanabacik.com