Meet the Candidates
Posted on March 14, 2020
I am honoured to represent Dublin University in Seanad Éireann and am standing for re-election on my track record as an effective and tireless legislator.
Over the past Seanad term, I have been proud to lead the Seanad Technical Group; and have had significant legislative successes. Bills that I introduced during my time as a Senator have changed the law in a range of areas, including women’s rights, LGBT rights, the right to a more secular society and the rights of freelance workers. Six of my private member’s bills have been accepted by Government, five of which are now law – a record achievement for any Senator.
If re-elected to the Seanad, among other priorities, I would continue important work on women’s rights, notably by ensuring passage of my gender pay gap legislation and the introduction of safe access zone laws for women seeking abortion. I would also seek to continue my work on migrant rights and the rights of our new communities, through ensuring passage of the children’s citizenship bill which I have already introduced in the Seanad.
I would also continue to work closely with NGOs and civil society groups on human rights campaigns, both Irish and international, in order to achieve progressive change for equality and social justice.