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Ó Snodaigh welcomes announcement of Domestic Violence Office

18 April, 2007


Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has welcomed the announcement of plans for an official office to tackle and prevent domestic violence. However Deputy Ó Snodaigh restated Sinn Féin's demand for increased funding and legislative reform for the domestic violence sector. Deputy Ó Snodaigh also said the timing of the announcement by the Government is very suspicious given that they have done little or nothing on this issue in the last ten years.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "I want to welcome Minister McDowell's announcement today of a dedicated office to tackle and prevent domestic violence. This office was first announced in response to a Sinn Féin Private Members Motion on Domestic Violence in the Dáil. However, this measure alone does not go far enough to deal with the nightmare of domestic violence in Ireland and I want to reiterate Sinn Féin's demand for increased funding for this sector and for legislative reform to, among other things, eliminate the discriminatory and dangerous residency requirements.

"It is regrettable that the Government has not consulted with the frontline services or interested groups about this office the form that it will take. The timing of this announcement is also very suspicious given that they have done little or nothing on this issue in the last ten years. And only now on the eve of an election they feel they must announce something on this issue.

"If this office is to be a success it is vital that it takes on the control and coordination of funding for frontline services. It should be a one stop shop for frontline services that ensures each service promptly acquires their necessary funding. This would rectify the current situation whereby frontline services are passed from one Department to another and from pillar to post when it comes to getting the funding they require and even the funding which has officially been committed to them." ENDS

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