Sinn Fein TD for Louth Gerry Adams has called on the Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan to ‘urgently intervene to ensure the continuation of refuge services at Women’s Aid Dundalk refuge.’
Teachta Adams was speaking following a meeting with representatives of Women’s Aid Dundalk who warned him that cutbacks are threatening the future of the refuge.
The Louth TD said:
“In recent years the Women’s Aid Dundalk refuge has already absorbed significant cuts in funding.
However, currently it is threatened by a minimum 53% reduction in the Section 10 funding allocation from Louth County Council for the remainder 2013 onwards.
Representatives of the refuge have told me that if this cut is implemented it will lead to the closure of the refuge.
This is unacceptable.
Women’s Aid Dundalk provides a refuge for women and children who are fleeing in fear of domestic violence.
In the first six months of this year it has been forced to turn away 160 requests for refuge from women who are in desperate situation. The refuge simply doesn’t have the space to accommodate them.
A solution must be found. I am calling on the Minister for the Environment to directly intervene to ensure adequate funding is provided to keep this vital service open.”