Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Ceisteanna (640)

Jim O'Callaghan

Ceist:

640. Deputy Jim O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of refuge places available by county in tabular form; her plans to increase the number in line with the obligations under the Istanbul Convention; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [52718/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Children)

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, has responsibility for the care and protection of victims of domestic, sexual and gender-based violence. This includes the provision of emergency refuge accommodation for individuals and families that experience domestic violence. I have requested that Tusla respond directly to the Deputy regarding the distribution of refuge spaces throughout the country.

It should be noted that the responsibility for capital investment in new refuges falls under the remit of a number of Government bodies. Future developments will be informed by Tusla’s review of emergency refuge accommodation nationwide, which will be completed in early 2020.

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42A