Government must act on commitment to consolidate and reform domestic violence legislation

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has today called on Labour and Fine Gael to deliver on the Programme for Government commitment to consolidate and reform domestic violence legislation.

The Dublin Central TD said

“Yesterday marked the first of 16 days of action against violence against women. The Programme for Government commits to delivering consolidated and reformed domestic violence legislation.

“Despite one in five women experiencing domestic violence the Minister for Justice and Equality, Deputy Alan Shatter, has stated on regular occasions that he has more urgent legislative matters to attend to in respect of the troika programme.

“With regards the European Convention on Preventing and Combatting Violence against Women and Domestic Violence the Justice Minister has cited property rights as a difficultly to Ireland signing up, but has not offered any solutions.

“Domestic violence is a very real and increasing problem for women and their childrenthat needs an urgent response from government, not just in delivering on its legislative commitments but also in ensuring the necessary supports and services are appropriately resourced.”