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Funding for a Dublin 15 Womens Refuge should no longer be delayed -Cllr. Gallagher

9 January, 2005

DUBLIN WEST SINN FÉIN Councillor Felix Gallagher has welcomed the news that a submission has been forwarded to the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government seeking the capital funding required for the Women's Refuge in Blanchardstown to proceed.

Cllr Gallagher said "There has been some concern that the Council were not fully committed to this project, but following a meeting between the refuge committee and council officials the application for capital funding has now been endorsed by the Council and forwarded to the Department. The refuge committee have been working on this project for a number of years and unfortunately there is a desperate need for this service, so any delay would have had serious consequences."

The proposed Women's Refuge is to be located next to the Blanchardstown Garda Station and will provide eight emergency residential units with a broad range of support services.

Cllr Gallagher said "Unfortunately physical and mental violence against women is far too common. I am therefore pleased that this project has received cross-party support." ENDS.

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