Senator Alice-Mary Higgins speaking on Order of Business about the rushing of legislation through the Seanad.

Senator Alice-Mary Higgins speaking on Order of Business in the Seanad. Senator Higgins spoke out against the rushed conduction of the Forestry (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2020 through the Oireachtas, particularly highlighting how the taking of Committee and Report Stage of the Bill together and having an amendment deadline for TD's before the Seanad has debated the Bill undermines due process and legislative scrutiny.

Senator Higgins speaking on the Financial Provisions (COVID-19) Bill

Senator Higgins proposed a number of amendments to the legislation ratifying the Pan-European Guarantee Fund aimed at increasing the monies available to our public sector companies and national and social infrastructure. Senator Higgins also spoke of the need to ensure transparency of EU institutions and to be cognisant of our responsibility to acheive the Sustainable Development Goals, when planning recovery funds such as these.  

Senator Alice-Mary Higgins wins two important amendments to the Wildlife Bill

After debating the Wildlife Bill for 12 hours in the Seanad, Senator Higgins was happy to report last-minute wins in two areas. Senator Higgins succeeded in persuading the Minister to accept her amendment which requires a report to be produced on the condition, restoration and rewetting potential of ALL blanket bog National Heritage Areas before any order to remove protection of these bogs can be made. Which means no golf course or other ill-conceived developments in these National Heritage Areas for the foreseeable future. The Minister also accepted Senator Higgins' amendment to require a report on how turbury (peat cutting) rights operate – to include recommendations on a definition of ‘household use’ – important not only in terms of climate action but also a just transition.