1494. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Justice if she will provide a list of all women’s refuges in the country; and the full year cost of running each [41420/22]
Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): As the Deputy will be aware the Government will establish a statutory agency with a dedicated focus on Domestic Sexual and Gender-Based Violence.
The agency will have a specific mandate to drive the implementation of the Zero Tolerance: Third National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence across Government, bringing the expertise and focus required to tackle this complex social issue. Pending establishment of the Agency, responsibility for the commissioning of domestic violence services remains the responsibility of Tusla until services formally transfer to the new DSGBV agency.
In relation to the specific information sought by the Deputy, I have referred the question to Tusla for direct reply.