Public Services

Delivery of quality public services must be our national priority. The housing crisis highlights the danger of over-reliance on market solutions and the need for greater public investment.

I am promoting the role of public research within our institutions as a driver of innovation and am calling for social clauses to be attached to the €12 billion spent on public procurement each year, rewarding good business practice and maximising wider benefit.  

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Newsletter January 2020

Dear Friends,

We are entering what many are calling ‘the Decade of Action’. We have ten years to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals – an ambitious global blueprint for a positive shared future. We also have just ten years to limit the impacts of climate change.

As a long-time climate justice advocate and recent member of the Oireachtas Climate Action Committee, I have been pressing for investment in retrofitting, sustainable transport and a just transition. I have opposed plans to import LNG or fracked gas and fought to protect our peatlands and hedgerows.

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”