A Local TD who was stabbed 13 times by her ex-husband has called for prison sentences given to perpetrators of male violence to be increased.
Cavan/Monaghan TD Pauline Tully was attacked by Pearse McAuley on Christmas Eve in 2014.
He was previously jailed for his role in the killing of Detective Garda Jerry McCabe in 1996, and received a 12-year sentence, with four suspended, for his attack on the Sinn Féin TD.
McAuley is due to be released in June, and Pauline Tully told Shannonside Northern Sound she hopes her former husband will “respect” her protection order and “move on with his life”.
While Deputy Tully says every case is different, she added that some of the sentences handed down for male violence on woman is “shockingly low”.
Pauline Tully told the Joe Finnegan Show that the warning signs of an unhealthy relationship aren’t well known and says young people need to be educated on what a healthy relationship looks like: