Senator Alice-Mary Higgins calls on Government to ensure full public ownership of new National Maternity Hospital

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Screen Shot 2021 03 10 At 2 16 11 Pm

On International Women’s Day, Independent Senator Alice-Mary Higgins called on the Government to ensure full public ownership and control of the planned new National Maternity Hospital including full public ownership of the land on which it is to be built – rather than the 99-year lease currently planned by the Government.

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The 'low-ball' public procurement model is broken and needs reform

Read my op-ed in The Journal here -

IN 2019, IRELAND spent €12 billion on contracts for goods, services and construction. This figure is set to rise considerably in the coming years as €116 billion in major capital works projects are rolled out under the National Development Plan.

The public has a right to expect that when money is spent on their behalf, it is spent in a way that delivers the best results. That requires a carefully thought-through approach to the quality of standards and performance in areas like sustainability, social impact, decent employment and design.