30. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality her plans to review the legislative gaps in access to safety and protection orders for family members and loved ones who are not residing with a person accused of alleged serious harassment, in view of recent tragic murders. [6973/15]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): While there is already a range of legislative provisions available for the protection of persons in domestic and other situations it is important that we learn from the particular circumstances of every such tragic death so that we might improve our legislative provisions where necessary.
The Government is committed to introduce consolidated and reformed domestic violence legislation to address all aspects of domestic violence. In this regard, I intend to bring the General Scheme of a consolidated bill on domestic violence to Government early this year with a view to enactment later this year.
My Department has received a number of proposals in relation to the reform of our domestic violence legislative provisions including the extension of the availability of orders to other classes of applicants. All such proposals will be carefully considered during the legislative process for the Bill.