Fine Gael TD for Galway West & Mayo South

€1.18 million in funding provided for construction of Domestic Violence Refuge in City

Ireland formally signs ‘Istanbul Convention’ on preventing and combatting violence against women and domestic violence

I welcome the allocation of €1.18 million in funding from the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government for the construction of a domestic violence refuge in the City.

The funding is being provided through the Department’s Capital Assistance Scheme to Galway City Council for Cope Galway which is an approved housing body under the Scheme.

The funding will see the construction of a nine unit facility to provide temporary accommodation to persons forced to leave their homes due to domestic violence.

The funding comes as Ireland formally signed the Council of Europe’s ‘Convention on Preventing and Combatting Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence’, also known as the ‘Istanbul Convention’ last week.

Along with the signature of the Convention by Ireland’s Permanent Representative to the Council, Ambassador Peter Gunning, the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD published the Istanbul Convention Action Plan last Thursday.

The Action Plan sets out 18 actions needed, in addition to work already completed, which will ensure Ireland is in a position to ratify this important Convention. The Action Plan also identifies the State Agencies and Government departments responsible for achieving each action point and includes measures such as passing the new Domestic Violence Bill, establishing national helpline services, enhancing supports available to victims of gender-based and domestic violence, among other measures.

Domestic violence is a terrible crime which should have no place in 21st Century Ireland. Regrettably, domestic violence persists. The Action Plan published by Minister Fitzgerald will help in eradicating gender-based and domestic violence in Galway and across the country.