Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Questions (417)

Catherine Connolly


417. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs when a decision on the allocation of five additional workers to the domestic violence sector in Galway city and county will be made; the reason the decision has been delayed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [40711/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency has statutory responsibility for the care and protection of victims of domestic, sexual and gender based violence whether in the context of family or otherwise.

In budget 2019, I secured additional funding of €1.5m for domestic, sexual and gender based violence services this year.

A proportion of this funding is to be used to employ 12 new outreach workers to improve access to support services to women and children affected by domestic violence in the Galway, Carlow, Dublin, Wicklow and Cork areas.

I have requested Tusla to respond directly to the Deputy in relation to the timing of the allocation of outreach workers in Galway.