Local community shocked by woman’s killing in North Inner City

25 October 2017

Labour spokesperson on Urban Regeneration and resident of the North Inner city Joe Costello has said the local community is shocked by the violent killing of a woman in the area.

Mr Costello said:

“The reported violent death of a young French woman in Gardiner Street in the North Inner City last night is a terrible tragedy.

“The local community is shocked that such a violent and brutal assault should take place in its midst. The Gardaí are reporting the event as a ‘domestic incident’. I wish to offer my sincere condolences to the woman’s family and friends.

“Domestic violence is a phenomenon that disproportionately affects women. EU statistics indicate that one in five women will experience some form of domestic violence in their lifetime.

“It is high time that the Government prioritised the ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combatting Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, also known as the Istanbul Convention. The Convention requires all ratifying states to adopt a framework to protect women against all forms of violence, and prevent, prosecute and eliminate violence against women and domestic violence.

“When in Government, the Labour Party ensured that Ireland signed the Convention in 2015 but the current Government has shown no interest in ratifying it. As we approach the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November, the Government should indicate what steps it is taking towards Ireland’s ratification of the Istanbul Convention.”

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