Weekly Round-Up January 18th- 22nd
Every week, we bring you the top news stories of the week from the Department of Justice and Equality. Catch up on what you might have missed here. Click on the 'Read More' link in each story to learn more. For previous editions click here.
National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence
On Wednesday, 20th of January, the Second National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence 2016 - 2021 was published and a related new national awareness raising campaign was announced.
The plan will run from 2016-2021 and was developed in conjunction with Cosc – the national office for the prevention of domestic, sexual and gender-based violence.
ATTENDING THE LAUNCH EVENT: Left to Right: Garda Commisioner Nóirín O'Sullivan, Gordon Jeyes, CEO Tusla, Minister Fitzgerald and Marion Walsh, Director of Cosc and Victims of Crime Offices and Crime [Copyright MerrionStreet.ie]
The Second National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence. [Copyright MerrionStreet.ie] The multi-annual Strategy outlines a range of both legislative and administrative actions and provides timescales for implementation. Its actions focus on:
i) Changing societal attitudes through awareness raising to help prevent domestic and sexual violence;
ii) Improving services to victims; and
iii) Holding perpetrators to account.
The strategy includes those actions which, when implemented, will enable Ireland to ratify the Istanbul Convention which is an important instrument in tackling violence against women.
Ten new actions contained in the Second National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence 2016 - 2021
Statement by the Minister for Justice and Equality in relation to access to telephone records
On Tuesday, 19th of January, Minister Fitzgerald made a statement in relation to access to telephone records. Full text of the statement can be read here.
New Scheme of access to independent legal and financial advice for those in home mortgage arrears
On Friday, 22nd of January, Minister Fitzgerald announced a new Government-funded Scheme to help people who are insolvent, and in mortgage arrears on their home, to access independent expert financial and legal advice. A number of Government agencies will be involved, including the Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS), the Legal Aid Board, the Insolvency Service and the Citizens’ Information Board. The Scheme will be coordinated by the Department of Justice and Equality and the Department of Social Protection. Read more
Order signed for commencement of landmark family law reform
On 18th of January, Minister Fitzgerald signed an Order to commence key provisions of the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 relating to guardianship, custody and access. Read more
Legislation on offences in relation to information systems
On Tuesday, 19th of January, Minister Fitzgerald announces publication of legislation on offences in relation to information systems. Read more