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Women Continuing To Fall Through Cracks Without Co-Ordinated Approach To Refuges - Clarke

Midlands TD Sorca Clarke is calling for a special implementation unit to be established.

Until the government forms a co-ordinated approach to the provision of women's refuges, those at risk will continue to fall through the cracks. 

That's the view of Longford-Westmeath TD Sorca Clarke, who's calling for a special implementation unit to sit within the Department of An Taoiseach to oversee the distribution of funds and services. 

She says despite budgetary allocations increasing over the past five years, the number of refuge spaces has dropped from 142 in 2015 to 137 in 2021. 

The Sinn Féin deputy says the current system leaves vulnerable women in a precarious position:

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