290. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if the Domestic Violence (Amendment) Bill 2019 will be supported to allow for domestic homicide reviews to be carried out; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26922/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As agreed by Dáil Éireann in its consideration of the second stage of this Private Members' Bill, the Domestic Violence (Amendment) Bill 2019 will be deemed to be read a second time nine months from 21 May of this year. This 9 month period is to allow for the progress of the independent specialist in-depth research study on familicide and domestic homicide reviews, led by Ms Norah Gibbons. This study will examine provisions and supports in respect to familicide and the introduction of domestic homicide reviews. The study will also examine in a comprehensive and independent way the experience of such reviews operating elsewhere. Based on its findings it will then be able to make recommendations in relation to how we can effectively introduce such measures in Ireland.