Senator Alice-Mary Higgins holds Minister Shane Ross to account on his commitments to promote cycling

Allocate For Cycling Protest
Allocate For Cycling Protest

On February 22nd, I addressed Shane Ross, Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport in the Seanad. I asked him how he intends to meet the targets set out in the National Cycling Policy Framework, including having 10% of all journeys made by bicycle. 

I encouraged him to recognise the growing enthusiasm for cycling both in rural and urban areas as an efficient, cheap, environmentally friendly and healthy transport solution. This enthusiasm needs to be met with support from the government and much improved infrastructure in order to ensure it can be safe and inclusive for all ages, genders and abilities. 

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​ Civil Engagement Group call for equality, transparency and sustainability in Budget 2018.

The Civil Engagement Group in the Seanad is calling on the Government to deliver equality, transparency and sustainable development in Budget 2018. The group have highlighted five principles which they say should underpin the budgetary decision-making. 

1. Budget 2018 must deliver joined-up thinking for sustainable development. 

2. Budget 2018 must prioritise investment in public services and social infrastructure 

3. Budget 2018 must address social, economic and gender inequality 

4. Budget 2018 must be clear and transparent around taxation 

5. Budget 2018 must meet international standards and commitments.

Senator Alice-Mary Higgins outraged and disappointed at the cynical rollback by government on hedgerow protection in Heritage Bill 2016

13th April 2017 
Over months of coordinated pressure and opposition in the Seanad led by Senator Alice-Mary Higgins, the Government had been forced to dilute highly controversial proposals in Heritage Bill 2016. However, a last minute amendment from Minister Humphries at the final stage of the bill in the Seanad threatens to undo much of the progress won.