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Women’s Aid Report a stark reminder of government’s failure to protect women and children from domestic violence

12 June, 2013 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Responding to today’s publication of the Women’s Aid Annual Report for 2012 Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has criticised the government for its failure to provide the necessary legislation and supports to protect women and children from domestic violence.

Deputy McDonald has tabled the Women’s Aid Annual Report for debate in the Dáil this afternoon.

The Dublin Central TD said;

“One of the key recommendations of the Women’s Aid report is the provision of an on call system for accessing emergency barring orders providing women and their children with 24/7 protection. This straight forward measure, in place in other jurisdictions, could and should be implemented as a matter of urgency.

“Just yesterday the Minister for Justice cited ‘property rights’ as an obstacle to the provision of emergency barring orders. This is simply not good enough, and it’s also a false argument.

“When rushing the IBRC legislation through the Dáil earlier this year the government included a provision requiring ‘permanent or temporary interference with property rights for the common good’.

“Disappointingly Alan Shatter failed to give a commitment to sign Ireland up to the European Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence.

“The Justice Minister also conceded yesterday that his Programme for Government commitment to introduce consolidated and reformed domestic violence legislation remains on the back burner as it is not a legislative priority.

“Protecting women and children from domestic violence is not only in the common good, it is the most basic right and expectation of every woman and child in the State.”


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