On International Data Protection Day 2021, Senator Higgins calls for new Data Awareness and Digital Empowerment Fund

On International Data Protection Day 2021, Independent Senator Alice-Mary Higgins has called for establishment of a new Data Awareness and Digital Empowerment Fund, to include money ringfenced from GDPR fines.

Senator Higgins said:  “The strengthening in Data Protection we have seen in recent years is as much about transparency and control as it is about privacy. Laws such as GDPR give individuals greater access to their own personal data and a say in how it is used.  At its best this goes beyond protection to empowerment.

Senator Alice-Mary Higgins speaking on the Report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes

Speaking about the report and the response of both Church and State, Senator Higgins said: "Like many others, I was frustrated  & angered by the tone & framing in the report produced by the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes. Today, in the Seanad, I spoke about the responsibility of Church & State’s & the need now for actions guided  by the voices, demands and needs of survivors of these institutions & the wider system of control & abuse. They must receive both redress & justice!"  

Senator Alice-Mary Higgins urges Government to “Step up the Speed and Ambition on Climate Action”

JOC on Climate publishes report with 78 recommendations to improve Climate Bill. 

 After eight weeks of intense pre-legislative scrutiny, the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action’s today published its official report on the ‘Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020’ including 78 “significant recommendations on how the Bill should be strengthened.