Senator Higgins addresses Jean-Claude Junker European Commission President

In her address to Mr. Junker, Senator Higgins spoke passionately about the future of Europe, the realisation of the European pillar of social rights, the important work to be done on inclusion and peace-building and a true version of multilateralism. She also voiced the concerns of many across Europe about the increasing militarisation of the EU and its borders and the inclusion of investor state courts in EU trade agreements.

Debate Denied in Seanad as Government ram through “dangerous” new military agreement

Senator Alice-Mary Higgins: “Peace or peace-keeping not mentioned once in PESCO document”

Today in Seanad Éireann, Senator Alice-Mary Higgins called for an urgent debate on the Government decision to join the Permanent Structured Cooperation, PESCO. This call for debate on a "dangerous and rushed decision which will deeply undermine Ireland's neutrality and crucial peacebuilding role" was voted down by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil and the Seanad will not be allowed to have their say before the decision is made. 

​ Civil Engagement Group call for equality, transparency and sustainability in Budget 2018.

The Civil Engagement Group in the Seanad is calling on the Government to deliver equality, transparency and sustainable development in Budget 2018. The group have highlighted five principles which they say should underpin the budgetary decision-making. 

1. Budget 2018 must deliver joined-up thinking for sustainable development. 

2. Budget 2018 must prioritise investment in public services and social infrastructure 

3. Budget 2018 must address social, economic and gender inequality 

4. Budget 2018 must be clear and transparent around taxation 

5. Budget 2018 must meet international standards and commitments.