Senator Higgins welcomes members of the Irish-Sudanese community to Leinster House

Listening to the experiences and reports from those present, Senator Higgins spoke of how inspiring it was to see the deep commitment to peace among the protesters, “Recognising the courage and commitment of Sudanese citizens who took to the streets to call for peaceful transition to a civilian led government, Ireland should play an active role in supporting the peace negotiations currently being mediated by Ethiopia and the African Union.

Senator Alice-Mary Higgins urges European Parliamentarians to reject a proposal which would deny MEPs powers of oversight over the €13 billion European Defence Fund

The proposal, due to be voted on by the parliament this week, in the last plenary session before the elections, would limit decisions on the work programme of the European Defence Fund to the European Commission and committees through “implementation acts”, effectively bypassing debate, criticism or approval from MEPs.