Seanad 100 and Seanad Reform

Senator Alice Mary Higgins At The Launch Of Seanad 100
Senator Alice Mary Higgins At The Launch Of Seanad 100

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the creation of Seanad Éireann and there have been many events to mark the occasion and reflect upon the Seanad’s contribution to public life in Ireland, particularly its track record as a platform for minority voices and a driver of major social change. One focus for me has been the need to reform the Seanad electoral franchise so that all citizens have the right to vote for their Senators and help shape the next 100 years. If you would like to know more about Seanad 100 or even arrange a visit, please do get in touch with my office!

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Today in Seanad Éireann, Senator Alice-Mary Higgins called for an urgent debate on the Government decision to join the Permanent Structured Cooperation, PESCO. This call for debate on a "dangerous and rushed decision which will deeply undermine Ireland's neutrality and crucial peacebuilding role" was voted down by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil and the Seanad will not be allowed to have their say before the decision is made. 

Senator Higgins, Senator Lynn Ruane and others have called on parties in Government formation talks to take concrete steps to address racism in Ireland

We all need to be in solidarity with those taking a stand against racism right now in the United States. We also need to face up to and challenge racism here in Ireland. Myself, Senator Lynn Ruane and Senator Frances Black have sent a letter co-signed by 20 other members of the Oireachtas to the leaders of the three parties currently in Government formation talks calling on them resolutely reject racist policy and rhetoric and commit to real action on inclusion and equality. ... We believe the next programme for government must; * Legislate against Hate Crime * End Direct Provision * Legislate to reverse impact of 27th amendment and stop the deportation of Irish born children * Enact our Traveller Culture and History in Education Bill * Re-establish a National Anti-Racism Body.

It is also vital that those who have sought to exploit inflammatory and racist language for perceived political or electoral advantage are not given any part in government.