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Thursday, 28th March 2024

Drogheda Women's and Children's Refuge awarded grant of €169k

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The Drogheda Women’s and Children’s Refuge at Priest's Lane. 

Local TD, Fergus O’Dowd, has confirmed that the Drogheda’s Women and Children's Refuge has been awarded a grant of €169k from the Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence Services programme.

The funding comes as part of €6.3m package of additional funding for 43 established service providers domestic and sexual violence services around the country announced today by Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee TD.

For over 25 years Drogheda Women’s and Children’s Refuge has been supporting women and children experiencing domestic, sexual and gender-based violence and homelessness by providing a range of services and safe emergency accommodation.

O’Dowd said “This funding will play a pivotal role in meeting the growing demands of the service whilst expanding supports offered, including funding a part time childhood activity worker for the facility.

 “Drogheda’s Women's and Children's Refuge has long been at the forefront of providing a safe haven for individuals and families escaping domestic violence situations.

“This funding will directly contribute to maintaining their exceptional standards of care and support, ensuring that those in need have a place of safety and healing.

O’Dowd added “I want to take this opportunity to thank Manager Susan Keogh and the amazing team in the refuge for the exceptional dedication and support they provide to very vulnerable individuals and families.”

Minister McEntee said:

“This additional 6.3 million in funding is testament to this Government’s steadfast commitment to tackling domestic, sexual and gender-based violence and to supporting the services on the frontline who are supporting victims. 

“We know more people are seeking help from domestic, sexual and gender-based violence services, and we are determined to ensure that the necessary supports and staffing is there to meet the demands across the country, including for young people and in rural areas. 

"The extra 2.5 million for safe accommodation is particularly important, and will help deliver additional refuge spaces in our priority locations.”

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