Participation and Political Reform

I stand for an Ireland where everyone can participate fully. From my work with older people and with young people in unemployment, I understand the need for investment in education, youth work, community development, social care and mental health supports.

In the Seanad I will champion the importance of cultural participation and the arts. Committed to Seanad reform, I am advocating for universal suffrage, as sought by Senators Feargal Quinn and John Crowne, and am supporting greater public and civil society engagement with the Oireachtas.

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Senator Alice-Mary Higgins links with US legislators to increase pressure on Facebook for rollout of new transparency tools in time for May Referendum.

Senator Alice Mary Higgins yesterday indicated her support for an initiative from Transparency Referendum Initiative, a non-aligned Irish civil society group, who are calling on US Senators attending a Washington DC hearing with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg to press for transparency in Facebook’s political advertising during Ireland’s forthcoming referendum. 

​ Civil Engagement Group call for equality, transparency and sustainability in Budget 2018.

The Civil Engagement Group in the Seanad is calling on the Government to deliver equality, transparency and sustainable development in Budget 2018. The group have highlighted five principles which they say should underpin the budgetary decision-making. 

1. Budget 2018 must deliver joined-up thinking for sustainable development. 

2. Budget 2018 must prioritise investment in public services and social infrastructure 

3. Budget 2018 must address social, economic and gender inequality 

4. Budget 2018 must be clear and transparent around taxation 

5. Budget 2018 must meet international standards and commitments.