Participation and Political Reform

I stand for an Ireland where everyone can participate fully. From my work with older people and with young people in unemployment, I understand the need for investment in education, youth work, community development, social care and mental health supports.

In the Seanad I will champion the importance of cultural participation and the arts. Committed to Seanad reform, I am advocating for universal suffrage, as sought by Senators Feargal Quinn and John Crowne, and am supporting greater public and civil society engagement with the Oireachtas.

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Today, Senator Alice-Mary Higgins and Deputy James Lawless renewed their call for the swift passage of legislation to regulate online political advertising. While welcoming Facebook's decision to stop overseas advertisement on the referendum and Google’s announcement to pause all referendum advertising until after May 25th they believe legislation is urgently needed to ensure proper transparency and regulation of online political advertising.

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Senator Alice-Mary Higgins links with US legislators to increase pressure on Facebook for rollout of new transparency tools in time for May Referendum.

Senator Alice Mary Higgins yesterday indicated her support for an initiative from Transparency Referendum Initiative, a non-aligned Irish civil society group, who are calling on US Senators attending a Washington DC hearing with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg to press for transparency in Facebook’s political advertising during Ireland’s forthcoming referendum.