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Monaghan Senator says Gardaí must learn from 'past events' in relation to domestic abuse

Jun 29, 2022 17:06 By News Northern Sound
Monaghan Senator says Gardaí must learn from 'past events' in relation to domestic abuse Monaghan Senator says Gardaí must learn from 'past events' in relation to domestic abuse
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A Monaghan Senator says it would be a "positive thing" if a register of those who commit acts of domestic and sexual violence was made available to the public.

Robbie Gallagher's comments come after the Government's publication of a new 'zero tolerance strategy' which has been described as the "first step" in tackling domestic, sexual and gender based violence.

Senator Gallagher highlighted the work his party has been involved in under the influence of Fianna Fail's spokesperson on Justice, Jim O'Callaghan.

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Part of that work, Senator Gallagher revealed was speaking to the families of Nadine Lott and Jennifer Poole, who were both murdered by their ex-partners.

Speaking to Northern Sound, the local representative said the outcome could have been "much different" for both victims, if they had knowledge of their partner's violent history.

He added that Gardai "must learn" from past events, and come forward with their own "recommendations" in relation to such a register.

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In relation to ongoing developments around the proposed register, Senator Gallagher said he was "delighted" that Justice Minister, Helen McEntee made a commitment to speak with Gardaí.

While he acknowledges that the many people feel "great frustration," Senator Gallagher welcomed the changes to maximum sentencing under the new strategy which will see jail terms of up to 10 years for domestic abusers.

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