Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Brendan Smith has called on the Children’s Minister to prioritise a domestic violence refuge for Cavan-Monaghan as part of her budget for this year.  Domestic abuse victims across Cavan and Monaghan have to travel to refuges in either Louth or Meath in the event of an emergency situation.

Deputy Brendan Smith explained, “Minister Katherine Zappone has confirmed that Tusla, which has responsibility for the provision of care for victims of domestic, sexual and gender-based violence, saw its budget for these specific services increased by €1.7m in 2018 to €23.8m.  I am now calling on her to ensure that funding is prioritised for a domestic violence refuge to cater for families in Cavan and Monaghan.

“Services across Cavan and Monaghan are already extremely stretched and the fact that victims of domestic abuse are having to travel to a different county to avail of emergency accommodation only serves to highlight the need for a refuge in the constituency.

“The victims of domestic violence have already been subjected to a deeply traumatic experience.  Forcing them to relocate to a strange new town, with children being unable to maintain their school routine only adds to the ordeal.

“I have been raising this issue with Minister Zappone for some time now, and I’m deeply dissatisfied with the lack of progress.  I am calling on her to examine the situation once again and to ensure that a refuge is made a priority”.