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Justice Minister negligent over violence against women

10 December, 2003

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice, Equality and Human Rights Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has accused the Minister for Justice of negligence in failing to take any "decisive action" during this year's 16 Days Against Violence Against Women. The Dublin South Central TD made his accusation during Order of Business in the Dáil today.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said: "There is clear negligence on behalf of the Minister for Justice who has failed to take any decisive action during this year's 16 Days Against Violence Against Women save for his reprehensible decision to cut funding to this sector for 2004. The Minister needs to both confront the pervasiveness of the problem and outline to the House a properly funded, resolute multi-annual action plan to tackle this social scourge that devastates at least as many lives as drug and anti-social crime."

He went on to say that violence against women in the home was a "contributing casual factor to criminality in many cases, as it can warp the development of children who grow up with violence in the home." ENDS

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