Written answers

Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Department of Justice and Equality

Domestic Violence Policy

Photo of Colm BurkeColm Burke (Cork North Central, Fine Gael)
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1286. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if she will consider implementing domestic homicide reviews (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [15783/21]

Photo of Helen McEnteeHelen McEntee (Meath East, Fine Gael)
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The publication of the independent research on Familicide and Domestic Homicide Reviews is an important commitment under Justice Plan 2021, our plan to build a justice system that works for everyone.

This independent study commissioned by my Department is looking at international best practice in the conduct of domestic homicide reviews with a view to making recommendations in relation to their application in this jurisdiction. The study will be a key facet in delivering on this commitment. 

Ms Maura Butler, who is a solicitor and has been a member of the Study’s Advisory Group since its establishment, is leading the work to complete this study. I would emphasise the importance of recognising that the Advisory Group and their work is independent, and my Department is not involved in the work of the study nor is it a member of the Advisory Group.

I expect the report will be finalised in the coming weeks and it will subsequently be published. I look forward to examining the report in detail and I will consider any recommendations made as a priority.


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