Senator John Dolan and Alice-Mary Higgins working together on Equality and Disability

Senator John Dolan, CEO of the Disability Federation of Ireland, has been a close colleague of Senator Higgins in the Civil Engagement Group over the past term in the Seanad. Together, they have worked on several initiatives and pieces of legislation to support the rights of persons with disabilities.

She is grateful to have his support.

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Senator Alice-Mary Higgins calls on Government to support a TRIPS waiver for COVID-19 vaccines at crucial WTO meeting as daily death toll escalates in India and Brazil

Independent Senator Alice-Mary Higgins has said “there is an urgent moral responsibility on the Irish Government to support a Trade and Intellectual Property Rules (TRIPS) waiver and publicly press the European Commission to vote in favour of that TRIPS waiver at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) meeting on April 30th”.

A TRIPS waiver would allow for the sharing of the intellectual property for COVID-19 vaccines. The proposal has been supported by NGOs such as Oxfam and Médecins Sans Frontieres.