Speaking in the Dáil this evening, Sinn Féin Justice spokesperson Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD set out Sinn Féin’s proposals for the introduction of independent multi-agency domestic homicide reviews.
The Cork South-Central TD said:
“Earlier this month Sinn Féin published proposals for the establishment of an independent multi-agency domestic homicide review (DHRs) system similar to the framework in place in Britain since 2011, and due to be introduced in the north.
“Our proposals reflect the system of review called for by domestic violence support services such as Women’s Aid and Safe Ireland and victims’ families, and in place in other jurisdictions such as Canada and New Zealand.
“Reviews are automatically established following a domestic or familial homicide and are undertaken by an independent multi-agency review panel. Family, friends and work colleagues are also encouraged to participate in the process.
“DHRs in Ireland are currently Garda led and are limited to the examination of the adequacy of Garda policies, their interactions with other external agencies and with the individuals and family concerned.
“Today the Dáil debated Fianna Fáil legislation that extends the power to initiate a domestic homicide review to the Minister for Justice and enables the appointed reviewer to seek information from relevant state agencies and non-statutory organisations.
“Sinn Féin will support this legislation however as the Fianna Fáil Justice spokesperson has stated in the Dáil the Bill requires the resources and involvement of the Department of Justice and Equality if it is to progress.
“The intention of the legislation is to replicate the independent multi-agency system of review in England and Wales, but to do so the legislation will require significant amendments which will in effect make it a money bill. In order for a money bill to progress it will require government support.
“I have today called on the Dáil to work together to establish an independent multi-agency domestic homicide review legislative framework. It’s what the families impacted by domestic and familial homicide have asked of us, so we deliver.”