Senator Alice-Mary Higgins questions Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald on latest Garda Síochána scandal

On Wednesday the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald came to the Seanad to answer questions on the ongoing Garda scandal. I highlighted that "along with the over reporting of road incidents, I would also be very concerned about under reporting of Racist incidents and Domestic Violence. There have been very serious concerns raised about underreporting in these areas".

Sure enough, it has emerged today that there has indeed been large scale under reporting of Domestic Violence.

I also asked the Minister if she would issue a directive under section 25 of the Garda Siochana Act to formally demand 'preservation of all papers and equipment" that might be relevant to an investigation. Shockingly, she previously declined to issue such a directive in relation to the McCabe investigation.

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Senator Higgins calls on Government to proactively partner with medtech manufacturers

Independent Senator Alice-Mary Higgins has called on the Government to “Build on the serious and responsible actions already taken in Ireland, by proactively engaging with medical technology manufacturing companies to support an increase in production of ventilators and related lifesaving equipment”

The Senator, herself from Galway, noted that “we are fortunate to have a number of companies based in the west of Ireland who produce equipment which could play a crucial role in response to Covid-19. Medtronic are global leaders in the manufacture of ventilators. Aerogan are a local company who produce nebulisers and Aquila Bioscience, a company that works with NUI Galway, have developed a new anti-viral cleaning wipe."