Alice Mary Higgins

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

(1975-06-17) 17 June 1975 (age 44)
Galway, Ireland
Political partyIndependent
Other political
Civil Engagement group
Alma mater

Alice Mary Higgins (born 17 June 1975) is an Irish Independent politician who has served as a Senator for the National University of Ireland since April 2016.[1] She is a member of the Civil Engagement group in the 25th Seanad. She is 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] She was an independent candidate for the Dublin constituency at the 2019 European Parliament election but finished 10th and was not elected.[5] Higgins is a member of the Advisory Panel of Democracy in Europe Movement 2025.[6]


  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". Archived from the original on 3 May 2016. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  4. ^ 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. ^ "Advisory Panel".