A Monaghan councillor has expressed her concerns over the lack of permanent accommodation for those who are suffering from domestic abuse across the region. At a recent JPC meeting, it was confirmed that Monaghan County Council has now obtained a total of two new properties for the purpose of temporary accommodation for individuals and families in need, with the hopes of securing a third.
While Sinn Fein's Cathy Bennett welcomed the development of temporary accommodation in Monaghan, she believes that more "must be done" to protect those who are most vulnerable.
Speaking to Northern Sound, Cllr Bennett highlighted how Monaghan is one of only nine counties in Ireland without a domestic abuse refuge.
Despite plans in the pipeline for a refuge centre to be shared between Cavan and Monaghan, the local councillor described this as "not good enough."
According to Cllr Bennett, each county in its own right deserves to have a permanent facility of its own in order to safeguard the well-being of victims.