Cork South West TD, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has criticised the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan for failing to keep two promises to her on the opening of a new Protective Service Unit in Bandon.

“Twice, the Minister on the floor of the Dáil told me that he would come back to me with an update on when the funding would be released to secure the premises needed for the unit.

“Two weeks ago, I was promised an answer by the end of the week, and only this Wednesday, the Minister told me he would come back to me by nightfall. Both times, the Minister failed.

A Protective Service Unit is a facility where people, mainly women and children, but sometimes men, can speak to a member of An Garda Síochána about abuse they have suffered without the need to go into the Garda Station.

“It’s a private and discrete and very suitable for talking to people in a comfortable, non-threatening environment.

“A business plan was passed last summer with very suitable premises identified directly across from the Garda station.

“This facility has been promised for some time, and there was a commitment to have it opened by the end of 2017.

“Funding isn’t always the solution to issues, but in this case, it is the only thing stopping this much needed facility from opening,” concluded Murphy O’Mahony.