425. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when the Istanbul Convention will be fully implemented; the reason for the delay; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [23007/15]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): It is my intention is to seek Government approval for Ireland to sign the Istanbul Convention in the coming weeks. This is a matter of priority for me.
My Department has been working with other Government Departments and agencies to establish precisely the actions which would need to be taken in order to ratify and implement the Istanbul Convention. I intend to include those actions in the new National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence. I expect to publish the Strategy, which will cover a multi-year period from 2015, in the coming months.