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WATCH: Dáil Hears Ireland Facing 'Epidemic' Of Gender Based Violence

Josh Crosbie
Josh Crosbie

05:19 6 Nov 2019


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Gender based violence

The Dáil's heard there's an epidemic of gender based violence in Ireland.

It comes in the wake of the Anna Kriegel murder trial.

Taoiseach Leo Varadakar has said the government is trying to introduce laws to make the country safer for women.

In the Dáil this afternoon, Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger said the case marked “probably the most extreme example of sexual assault and misogyny the country has seen”.

She also said she believes there is still a culture of victim blaming within the Irish legal system.

Speaking under Dáil privilege, she said:

“Is it any wonder we have reports of famous sports celebrities strutting around with impunity despite sexual assault allegations?” she said.

“Are women to go into hiding every time such a figure decides to go on a night out?”

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said there is an “epidemic of gender-based violence in Ireland and indeed across the world” and insisted the Government is “doing quite a lot” in response to it.


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