Public Services

Public transport, healthcare, education and secure housing are the building blocks of life. 

The market won’t deliver the public services that sustain communities. In the Seanad, I pushed for publicly built homes, vacant site tax, rental protection and better funding for community development and culture.
I championed properly funded inclusive education, from early years to third-level
research. I also introduced a Bill to put quality at the heart of the €12 billion spent on public procurement each year. We need to invest wisely in what matters most.

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Senator Higgins calls on Government to proactively partner with medtech manufacturers

Independent Senator Alice-Mary Higgins has called on the Government to “Build on the serious and responsible actions already taken in Ireland, by proactively engaging with medical technology manufacturing companies to support an increase in production of ventilators and related lifesaving equipment”

The Senator, herself from Galway, noted that “we are fortunate to have a number of companies based in the west of Ireland who produce equipment which could play a crucial role in response to Covid-19. Medtronic are global leaders in the manufacture of ventilators. Aerogan are a local company who produce nebulisers and Aquila Bioscience, a company that works with NUI Galway, have developed a new anti-viral cleaning wipe."

Senator Higgins’s “game changing” bill on public procurement passes second stage in Seanad.

Speaking on the 'Contract Preparation & Criteria Bill', which successfully passed sec-ond stage in the Seanad today with the government abstaining and all other parties supporting, Senator Higgins said, “Procurement is an issue which impacts everyone, from the most intimate areas of our lives to the largest infrastructure.  I believe this bill can be a game-changer for the cul-ture around how we deliver public procurement in Ireland”