Dáil debates

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation


1:15 pm

Photo of Ruth CoppingerRuth Coppinger (Dublin West, Solidarity) | Oireachtas source

I will. Last night, Nadine Lott became the sixth woman to be murdered in this country this year. She was murdered in front of her six year old child. I left the discussions of the FAI at the Joint Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport to raise this issue here. Women are sickened, appalled and angry at the ongoing failure to deal with femicide and violence against women. A number of laws could be looked at to address the matter, including Clare's law which is under consideration in Britain, the no-contact order Bill I introduced and many others. The Government could start by funding services and begin an education campaign in society about the nature of toxic relationships and how women and girls are groomed into accepting manipulative behaviour. I am not asking the Taoiseach to do all that. I am just asking him to agree something today. This is a really serious issue and it is not being dealt with. Can we have a special meeting of the Joint Committee on Justice and Equality, party leaders and special interest groups in the new year?


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