She sponsored and co-sponsored the following bills:
Community Participation (Disability) (Miscellaneous
Provisions) Bill 2019
Electoral (Civil Society Freedom) (Amendment) Bill 2019
Public Authorities and Utility Undertakings (Contract
Preparation and Award Criteria) Bill 2019
Prohibition of Conversion Therapies Bill 2018
Control of Economic Activity (Occupied Territories) Bill
International Protection (Family Reunification) (Amendment)
Controlled Drugs and Harm Reduction Bill 2017
Adult Safeguarding Bill 2017
Derelict and Vacant Sites Bill 2017
Seanad Bill 2016
Amendments are won by vote, by agreement of the Seanad
or where the point of the amendment is accepted by the Minister, who then introduces their own workding.
Planning and Development (Housing) andResidential Tenancies Act 2016: 4 amendments including an amendment to ensure that fast-track
planning permissions cannot be held in reserve for prolonged periods of time.
Adoption (Amendment) Act 2017 1 amendment to ensure that a review into open or semi-open adoption would take place within
10 months of the Act passing into law.
Data Protection Act 2018 4 amendments and further
progress were won to ensure
that fines would be imposed on public bodies for misuse of personal data.
Heritage Act 2018 1 amendment was made on the bill and through
working with other parties across the Seanad, compromise was reached and progress
was made in the course of the debate to limit the impact of hedge-cutting to
only roadside hedges and to extend the opportunities for local authorities and
members of the public to raise objections under the canals part of the
legislation. The public and political pressure applied during the course of the
Seanad debate continued to grow and in summer 2019, the Minister announced that
hedge-cutting would not be allowed in August for that year.
Public Health (Alcohol) Act 2018
1 amendment was won to the which gave a specific focus to where advertising and sponsorship by alcohol
products may affect children.
Mediation Act 2017 1 amendment was won to ensure
that anyone involved in a domestic dispute is made aware that mediation is a voluntary
process. Mediation may not be an appropriate process for everyone, particularly
where they feel there is a risk to their, or their family’s, safety, and it is
important that no one should feel pressured to undergo it.
Social Welfare Act 2019 1 amendment was won to provide for a
report and recommendations to be made by the Minister and the department
regarding one parent families. The report will particularly examine the issue
of income disregard for parents of children between the ages of fourteen and
Greyhound Racing Act 2019 3 amendments were won to improve
the protections given to the welfare of greyhounds by ensuring that there is at
least one vet on the board of the relevant association and that plans are put
in place for retiring greyhounds.
Data-Sharing andGovernance Act 2018 Approximately 24 amendments were won which ensured that special categories of personal data are
excluded from the scope of the act except in very explicit circumstances and to
strengthen the security of data-sharing between public bodies, in line with the
Data Protection Act and GDPR and to strengthen the capacity of individuals and
citizens to exercise their data protection rights.
Wildlife Bill 2016 9 amendments were won to maintain
protections to peatlands as part of Ireland’s natural and cultural heritage,
biodiversity and carbon sequestration sources. The amendments include a
requirement that the Minister and department must report on the condition,
restoration potential and re-wetting potential of any blanket bog before an order
can be made for de-designation as a natural heritage area.
DomesticViolence Act 2018 Senator Higgins proposed an amendment to legislate for controlling and coercive behaviour as a criminal
offence. After significant discussion and further stakeholder engagement a
version of this amendment was introduced into the bill by the Minister.