Senator Lorraine Higgins Reform & Foreign Affairs
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On a national level, I am the Seanad Labour Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade and am also a member of the Oireachtas Committee of the same name. In November 2011, I was a member of an Oireachtas delegation who travelled to Ethiopia to carry out a value for money exercise on how our aid money is spent. As part of the delegation, I met with and expressed my views to President of Ethiopia Meles Zenawi, the Speaker of the Ethiopian Parliament and Chairperson of the African Union and former President of the World Bank, Jean Ping.
At a local level, since my nomination to Seanad Eireann in May 2011, I have been a passionate advocate for families in finanical difficulty, have promoted Ireland as a premier destination to US audiences, have fought hard to ensure the retention of essential public services such as cancer services and warfrin clinics at Portiuncla hospital and fought hard to stop threats to the well-being of local businesses in Ballinasloe.
I secured Athenry as the location of the Galway/Roscommon VEC and have brought much investment into the Galway East area. I have secured funding from the Department of Transport for Athenry, Tuam and Loughrea for infrastructural projects and secured investment for Ballinasloe train station and swimming pool. I completed a cycle for Jigsaw childrens mental health charity raising 1000.00 in the process and sang on Bridge Over Troubled Water which has been released as a single this Xmas where all funds will go towards funding the services of Pieta House, a suicide awareness charity.
I am particularly interested in people and the community and I believe that our area is a great place to live. As your national public representative in Galway East I am always very interested in meeting you and listening to your thoughts, views and ideas. If you or a member of your family have any issues of concern please do not hesitate to contact me. You can meet me at any time that is of convenience to you. I have offices at McDonald's Lane, Athenry and at Piggott St, Loughrea.