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Local women’s refuge stretched to capacity- Mayor Holland

22 July, 2015 - by Sarah Holland

Mayor of South Dublin Sarah Holland has highlighted the devastating effect years of funding cuts, coupled with the continuing housing crisis, is having on local women’s refuges.

Saoirse Women’s Refuges’ annual report showed that they had to turn away 494 families in 2014, or 81% of the total number of women who came to them seeking refuge.

Cllr Holland said

“Women and children in need have literally no-one to turn to.  Their last option is often a shelter and here we see over 80% of those seeking help had to be turned away.

“Women come to the refuges when all other options have been exhausted.  They seek shelter and a safe place to stay for themselves and their children.

“Refuges are being stretched to breaking point and 2014 saw the highest numbers yet of women seeking help.

“We have grown used to reports of families sleeping in their cars or in the waiting rooms at Dublin Airport, and at the same time the papers are full of reports of millions of euros of taxpayer’s funds being used on vanity projects like Irish Water or the Eircode system.

“Surely the first people this supposed recovery should benefit are those most in need?

“It’s time we as a society got our priorities straight – we can’t keep leaving our most vulnerable citizens to sink or swim.  We need to have proper support structures in place to help those who need it.”

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