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195. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the level of funding allocated to achieving the research goals of the national strategy on domestic, sexual and gender based violence. [12923/16]

196. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the outstanding actions in the national strategy on domestic, sexual and gender-based violence including having a high-level research goal that is fit for purpose; and the agency or Department that is responsible for its implementation, set out in tabular form. [12924/16]

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Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 195 and 196 together.
The Second National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence 2016-2021 was published in January 2016. There are four actions in relation to data matters and one action which addresses "a high level research goal". Action 3.1000 states: "Facilitate relevant third level institutes to establish a postgraduate research network on domestic violence and sexual violence." The implementing body is Cosc, with interested third level institutions. The initial target of establishing the network by Q1 2016 has been met. The focus of this network is to facilitate and enable synergies within the existing research network. The work of the network is being progressed within existing resources.