June 21, 2023
Minister McEntee must put in place urgent measures to address serious rise in domestic homicides – Kathleen Funchion TD

Kathleen Funchion TD has called on the Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee to ramp up the States response to gender-based violence, in light of a recent spike in gender-based homicides.

Teachta Funchion said:

“Disturbing figures released in the Women’s Aid Annual Impact Report show a staggering 12 females lost their lives last year, and in this year alone five females have had their lives cut short.

“If this morbid trend continues, we will surpass 2022 figures.

“It is abundantly clear to women in fear of their lives, and to the services and staff supporting them, that we are not making the progress we need too.

“Violence against women is an epidemic in our society. This is an all-of-society problem that exists in our families, in our homes, in our communities and in our schools – right across society.

“The government’s Domestic and Gender-Based Violence Third Strategy is 12 months in existence, yet the source and amount of funding for vital refuge capital works remains vague. It sits with the Department of Housing, Tusla within the Department of Children and the Department of Justice.

“The Minister must urgently clarify that this crucial funding will be anchored in her Department, and that it will be resourced. 

Recent information obtained through a parliamentary question shows the newly constructed Wexford Refuge is costing in the region of €6,5 million. Yet only a little less than €2 million is available for capital expenditure. Where is the ringfenced money for the counties that continue to wait for a refuge?

“Women and girls have lived in fear forever. When will enough be enough?” 

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