Friday 26 December 2014

Tragic Jill Meagher's uncle says safe streets a priority

Elaine Keogh

Published 12/05/2014 | 02:30

Michael McKeon and Jill Meagher, inset. Picture: CIARA WILKINSON
Michael McKeon and Jill Meagher, inset. Picture: CIARA WILKINSON

THE uncle of murdered Jill Meagher says there is a need to create communities that are "safe" as he runs for local election.

Michael McKeon also backed the work of Jill's husband Tom, whose White Ribbon campaign highlights violence against women.

Jill was raped and murdered while walking home from a night out in Brunswick, Melbourne, in September 2012.

In a blog that became international news, Tom wrote last month about how the majority of women face violence – not from a predator like Adrian Bayley who raped and murdered his wife, but from men in their community.

Mr McKeon, who is a Green Party candidate, said there was a need "in particular for men to face up to, as Tom Meagher would have put it, the myth of violence against women".

The father of three and lecturer in nursing at DCU is also a member of the Men's Health Forum of Ireland.

Irish Independent

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