Senator Alice-Mary Higgins speaks to emergency COVID-19 legislation

On Friday, Senator Alice-Mary Higgins returned to the Seanad to pass the Health Emergency legislation in response to COVID-19. 

She spoke about our social fabric, intergenerational solidarity, our public health system and its frontline staff as well as the carers, cleaners, and others doing essential work - including the factory workers making lifesaving ventilators.
We will face difficult decisions in the short, medium and long term and, when we get to the other side of this difficult dark time, it won’t be business as usual. 

We must emerge with a society and economy that are more sustainable and resilient to future challenges. The €750 billion which has been released by the ECB in response to coronavirus must go first to public services and it must be climate proofed.

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