INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: Taoiseach warns of ‘epidemic of violence against women’ in Ireland
TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar today declared that there is “an epidemic of violence against women” in Ireland.
Mr Varadkar made the remarks after he chaired a special Cabinet meeting to mark International Women’s Day.
The Taoiseach said more work is needed to protect women.
“I think a lot of people will recognise that there is an epidemic of violence against women. It needs to stop,” he said.
“We know the names of many women who have had violence perpetrated against them and the ratification of the Istanbul Convention today is a very important part of that.”
The issue has been at the centre of public debate since the family of Clodagh Hawe, who was killed along with her three boys by husband Alan, who originally came from Windgap in Co Kilkenny, spoke out about how gardaí handled the investigation into her death.
Government ministers met today to formally ratify Ireland’s support for Istanbul Convention (the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence).
The National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) described the ratification as a “landmark day”.
NWCI Director Orla O’Connor said: “Today, it is important to give a special thank you to women who showed such bravery in speaking out about their experiences of domestic and sexual violence and abuse, and their experiences of being re-victimised in family and criminal courts.”