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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Senator Alice Mary Higgins says rights and solidarity must be ‘priority’ in next chapter for EU. Encourages people across Ireland to participate in crucial public consultation on Europe’s future

Senator Alice-Mary Higgins is one of four Oireachtas delegates to the Conference on the Future of Europe, an eight month process that hopes to shape the next chapter for the EU. Speaking at a plenary of the Conference last Saturday, Senator Higgins highlighted:

“On so many issues like equality and environment, people have been speaking up for some time and institutions have been slow to hear. Too often civil society voices have felt drowned out by corporate lobbies.”