Alice Mary Higgins

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Alice-Mary Higgins
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Senator
Assumed office
27 April 2016
ConstituencyNational University of Ireland
Personal details
Born
Alice-Mary Higgins

(1975-04-10) 10 April 1975 (age 46)
Galway, Ireland
NationalityIrish
Political partyIndependent
Other political
affiliations
Civil Engagement group
Parents
Alma mater
Websitealicemaryhiggins.ie

Alice-Mary Higgins (born 10 April 1975) is an Irish Independent politician who has served as a Senator for the National University of Ireland since April 2016.[1] She is the leader of the Civil Engagement group in the 25th Seanad. She was the campaigns and policy officer at the National Women's Council of Ireland, and a board member of the European Women's Lobby. Her father, Michael D. Higgins, a former Labour Party politician, is the ninth and current President of Ireland.[2]

Higgins studied English and philosophy at University College Dublin,[2] and took an MPhil in theatre and cultural studies at Trinity College Dublin, and a Fulbright MA in sociology at The New School in New York City.[3] She stood for election to Seanad Éireann on the National University of Ireland panel in April 2016 and was elected to the third and final seat on the 28th count.[4] Higgins is the first woman elected to the NUI Panel in 35 years.[4]

She was an independent candidate for the Dublin constituency at the 2019 European Parliament election but was not elected.[5]

Higgins currently serves as a member of the executive committee of the European Parliamentary Forum for Sexual and Reproductive Rights, campaigning for gender equality, reproductive rights and equal access to healthcare for women.[6]

Higgins currently serves on the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action, the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach and the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Disability Matters.

In the 25th Seanad Higgins served on the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action and the Join Oireachtas Committee on Employment Affairs and Social Protection.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alice Mary Higgins". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b McTeirnan, Anthea (24 February 2016). "President's daughter to stand for Seanad". The Irish Times. Dublin. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  3. ^ "About Me". AliceMaryHiggins.ie. Archived from the original on 3 May 2016. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  4. ^ a b O'Halloran, Marie; Collins, Stephen (27 April 2016). "Former justice minister Michael McDowell wins Seanad seat". The Irish Times. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Senator Alice-Mary Higgins to contest European elections". RTÉ News. 8 April 2019.
  6. ^ "About EPF". www.epfweb.org (in Dutch). Retrieved 27 October 2020.
  7. ^ "Senator Alice-Mary Higgins - Senator Alice Mary Higgins". www.alicemaryhiggins.ie. Retrieved 27 October 2020.