Fingal County Council has given the go-ahead for a refuge for women and children suffering from violence to be built at a site in Blanchardstown between the Garda Station and Tracked Motors. Cllr. Joan Burton, TD, who is chairperson of the interim committee for the development of the refuge said that she is delighted with the news that the Council has given the green light to the project.
She commented , “This service is badly needed in the Dublin 15 area with its population of over 72,000. At the moment women and children who have a problem with family violence and who have to leave their own end up going to refuges as far away as Rathmines, Navan and Ballymun. It would be great to have a small local facility here in Blanchardstown, not least because it would allow children affected by domestic violence to remain in their own school.”
She said that funding for the refuge had already been agreed in principle and that negotiations to tie down this funding could now take place with the Health Board and with the Department of the Environment.
The planning work is now at a very advanced stage and the refuge will be run in conjunction with Sonas Housing, Women’s Aid, local community and voluntary organisations, Fingal County Council and the Northern Area Health Board.
Deputy Burton said that this service will be very much community service which will offer a respite to family violence to those most in need of the services. Once the refuge is up and running, it’s hoped that it will also provide a much needed focus for services in relation to family violence in the whole of the Dublin 15 area. In addition, it will allow for an information campaign about the whole issue of violence in the home.