North Louth Senator Erin McGreehan has welcomed the new government strategy for tackling domestic, gender and sexual abuse.
The strategy unveiled this week featured a raft of measures including the doubling prison sentences for domestic abuse convictions and a huge increase in the number of refuge spaces across the country.
“It’s very welcome to see what is now the third national Domestic, Sexual & Gender-Based Violence Strategy,” said Senator McGreehan.
She added: “This strategy and appropriate legislation must be brought quickly through the Oireachtas as time is of the essence and our zero-tolerance approach to domestic abuse cannot have a time-stamp."
“The issue of domestic and gender-based violence is a scourge on us all and this strategy needs to be felt at all corners of society to ensure a safer country for everyone.”
She said that Fianna Fail is “committed to taking a zero-tolerance approach to gender-based violence and abuse, and it’s imperative we continue to invest in support for those experiencing abuse.”
“We recently published a policy document on domestic violence and I would hope the Minister for Justice will assess the proposal of a domestic violence register as she continues her work in this area.”