Senator Alice-Mary Higgins discusses the importance of social trust during the COVID-19 crisis

In passing the second emergency legislation relating to the COVID-19 crisis, Senator Higgins highlighted the importance of honoring the trust that has been placed in the government and the public services by members of the public during these extraordinary times. 

It is vitally important that honest and clear communication is maintained and that voices raising concerns about difficulties they are experiencing be heard and earnestly listened to. 

She also referenced the valuable reminder from Michael Ryan of the World Health Organisation that human rights, privacy rights and human dignity cannot simply be put aside in the name of public health, rather they must be integral to our response. This is most especially important for those who are vulnerable, particularly those in direct provision and those experiencing homelessness.

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Failure to address glaring inequality on pensions in Budget 2018 is indefensible - Government must face up to its responsibilities towards older women

Senator Alice-Mary Higgins seeks special debate on gender and equality aspects of Budget 2018

Senator Higgins said “The failure to address this glaring inequality on pensions in Budget 2018 is indefensible, particularly given Government promises on gender and equality proofing of the budget. I am calling on Pascal Donohoe to allocate additional funds to address this before the Finance and Social Welfare Bills pass through the Oireachtas. Senator Higgins has also called for a special Seanad debate on gender and equality aspects of Budget 2018, in particular the failure to address the glaring pension inequality within the contributory state pension system.