Senator Alice-Mary Higgins opposes the provisional application of CETA

On 19th July 2016 Senator Alice-Mary Higgins raised CETA in the Seanad and asked the Government to commit to Not Signing any agreement for provisional application of CETA at the EU Council of Ministers meeting in October.

There are many policy, regulatory, economic, environmental and employment concerns regarding CETA but Senator Alice-Mary Higgins focuses here on the need to uphold article 29.5.2 of the Irish Constitution which clearly states that "the state shall not bebound by any international agreement involving a charge upon public funds" unless agreed by the Dail. CETA and the introduction of ISDS courts would certainly be a charge on the state, indeed it could be seen as a blank cheque.

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Senator Alice-Mary Higgins joins demonstration demanding the ratification of the UNCRPD

The Irish government signed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in March 2007. Ten years later, the government still hasn't ratified this convention. I joined the crowds outside Leinster House to demand no more delays to the ratification of this convention. The incredible Joanne O'Riordan delivered a very powerful speech calling on Ireland to ratify the convention and to deliver equal rights for people living with a disability here. 

I continue to work with my colleague in the Civil Engagement Group, Senator John Dolan of the Disability Federation of Ireland to advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities in the Seanad.