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Mary Lou McDonald and Daithí Doolan to attend event to highlight violence against women

10 December, 2004

Sinn Féin MEP Mary Lou McDonald and Councillor Daithí Doolan will attend the final event of the 16 Days of Action against Violence against Women in Ringsend this morning. The event will launch a bookmark, produced by the Ringsend Action Project and Community Groups to highlight violence against women. Also this morning the Ringsend Christmas Tree lights will be turned on to signify hope for all women who suffer from violence and to remember all women who have died as a result of violence.

Speaking before the event Councillor Doolan said:

"The statistics of violence against women in Ireland are truly horrific. Almost half of all women will suffer some sort of sexual abuse in their lifetime and one-quarter of all violent crimes in our country involve a man assaulting his wife or partner.

"So I am honoured to be here today to highlight this very serious issue. I pay tribute to the Ringsend Action Project and the various Community Groups who have produced the bookmark to highlight violence against women. The bookmark will be distributed in libraries across Dublin. I am looking forward to the lighting of the Christmas tree as it is a very significant event and hopefully it will give hope to the many women who are still suffering from violence but are too frightened to come forward." ENDS

The launch of the bookmark will take place this morning at 10:30am in Ringsend Library.

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