Zappone Must Take Action to Keep Victims Safe
Labour Spokesperson for Equality Cllr. Deirdre Kingston has called once again for Minister Zappone to clarify if she has instructed Tusla to use the correct European guidelines for the establishment of accommodation for domestic violence.
Cllr. Kingston said:
”This time last week I asked the Minister to clarify if she had directed Tusla to use the correct guidelines on population ratios for domestic violence emergency accommodation. She has ignored that call and seems to think that is not in the public interest to know if the state body responsible for delivery of the service, for which is responsible, is doing it’s job.
”I can only assume that the Minister has not clarified her position because she has not taken the action required to keep victims of domestic violence safe.
”Reports in the Times Ireland today that only 2 counties have an adequate number of domestic violence accommodation has to serve as a wake-up call for Minister Zappone.
“The Minister must take this matter in hand. She needs to make it publicly known if she has directed Tusla to correct course. And if she has not, she must tell us why not. As Minister with responsibility for domestic violence accommodation provision her silence on the issue has been deafening.”